Definition of facility in US English:

facility

noun

  • 1A place, amenity, or piece of equipment provided for a particular purpose.

    ‘cooking facilities’
    ‘a manufacturing facility’
    ‘facilities for picnicking, camping, and hiking’
    • ‘Lack of car parking facilities continues to be one of the most contentious issues in the town.’
    • ‘And the companies are investing heavily in liquefied natural gas facilities in the area.’
    • ‘Also being provided are a playground and a kick around area for children as well as car parking facilities.’
    • ‘Accommodation and dining facilities offer quality, are well managed, and run efficiently.’
    • ‘I am sick to death of the lack of proper shopping facilities in this town.’
    • ‘As well as a second operating theatre, the unit needs more ward space and more facilities to hold clinics and carry out research.’
    • ‘The facilities on the site allow 85 % of current container volumes to be handled.’
    • ‘Zuma said local government could also provide recreational facilities for children, especially after school hours.’
    • ‘Many furniture removal companies operate secure storage facilities on a weekly rental basis, which could be a short-term solution.’
    • ‘Car parking, banking facilities and a wider variety of shops are among the hopes for the future of the town.’
    • ‘All dental work was done by a well-known dental clinic with modern equipment and facilities.’
    • ‘Today, there are no less than three designated student accommodation facilities in town.’
    • ‘She confirmed there would be no public bar or restaurant and facilities would be for hotel guests only.’
    • ‘Other measures include working with offenders to change their behaviour and working with communities to improve leisure facilities for youngsters.’
    • ‘He added that he would like to see amenity facilities provided in the Barnaderg area.’
    • ‘It was indicated that if Skipton was to survive as a vibrant market town in the future the car parking facilities needed to change.’
    • ‘Clean water and adequate sanitary facilities are lacking, producing widespread illness, particularly among children.’
    • ‘Passengers would have a choice of airlines, terminal facilities and car parks.’
    • ‘There are also disabled toilets at the Washburn Valley reservoir, as well as car parking and picnic facilities.’
    • ‘We had excellent cooking facilities at the station having been given a whole room to ourselves.’
    provision, space, means, solution, potential, prerequisite, equipment
    amenity, resource, service, advantage, convenience, benefit
    establishment, centre, installation, place, depot, station, location, premises, site, post, base, camp
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    1. 1.1the facilities A public restroom.
      • ‘If the facilities for each sex are in the same building, they shall be separated by solid walls or partitions extending from the floor to the roof or ceiling.’
      • ‘All employees at the worksite must be aware of this arrangement and know that they can use the facilities at any time.’
    2. 1.2 An option or service that gives the opportunity to do or benefit from something.
      ‘the program includes a help facility and interactive windows’
      • ‘The site also offers a CD-burning facility at £3 per song.’
      • ‘They can now avail the studio facilities offered by the Akademi at the Durbar Hall Art Centre in the city.’
      • ‘Part of that process will require it to offer such facilities as a next-day repair service and prompt attention.’
      • ‘The school is unable to offer a pull-in facility and there were only four public bays in the street.’
      • ‘Well, the overdraft facility was there to service a loan and that was still being utilised each month and at the same time the sons were paying the loan obligations.’
      • ‘Groups who wish to avail of the facilities offered in the Centre should book immediately.’
      • ‘The developer will also offer a full facilities management service.’
      • ‘The revamped site also demonstrates the full breadth of Eddisons' service by offering the facility to search online for plant and machinery.’
      • ‘Owning and making use of a domain name is not very expensive, all internet service providers offer the facility.’
      • ‘When it came to buying players the bank was ready to offer an overdraft facility on top of that but it was strictly short term; Leeds had only a few months at best to pay it off.’
      • ‘I wasn't obviously able to contact some directly because their websites didn't offer an email facility or had a disclaimer saying that they wouldn't forward on fanmail.’
      • ‘While some restaurants charge extra for parcelling, the rest provide parcel facility as an add-on service.’
      • ‘Later this year we'll launch a facility offering flexible benefits, so that our client's employees can optimise the package their employer provides in line with their lifestyles.’
      • ‘Bank of Ireland claimed that it is the first time any bank in Ireland has offered an overdraft facility through its ATM network.’
      possibility, opportunity, feature
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  • 2usually in singular An ability to do or learn something well and easily; a natural aptitude.

    ‘he had a facility for languages’
    • ‘And there's many a time that a facility for being able to imitate a certain voice or style has got me out of trouble as a writer.’
    • ‘Shyamalan displays a facility for dramatic and thematic economy that verges on Modernist.’
    • ‘Along with a facility for languages, the fledgling student quickly demonstrated an aptitude for computers and taught himself programming.’
    • ‘As Eve pointed out, I have a facility for falsehoods, a talent both natural and learned.’
    • ‘Feeling and doing, putting things together, are the key to Sir Harry's philosophy, so much so that he believes it is the will to do and the facility to fit the pieces together that have made him a successful scientist.’
    • ‘It is always immensely humbling for we hacks to be in the presence of the Chancellor, given his facility for talking expertly about, apparently, everything under the sun.’
    • ‘It forced him to question the status quo at a very young age, it also left him with an extraordinary technical facility as a master concert percussionist.’
    • ‘Even there though, in a movie which tested your patience to destruction and beyond, there were flashes of arresting talent: a facility for framing and delineating a mood and a moment.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was being deeply ironic, although of all the many qualities one associates with John Motson, a facility for gentle irony does not usually figure among them.’
    aptitude, talent, gift, flair, bent, skill, knack, finesse, genius
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    1. 2.1 Absence of difficulty or effort.
      ‘the pianist played with great facility’
      • ‘It should ‘penetrate the ear with facility, and quit the memory with difficulty’, not the reverse, as in much avant-garde music.’
      • ‘However, his non-Punjabi audience may not feel estranged as he writes with ease and facility.’
      • ‘Like the loose, readily wearable garment that he can slip into and out of with ease, Gascoigne thus advertises his facility with multiple professional identities.’
      • ‘Miller's ballet background was discernible in the dancers' effortless facility and clean, classical line.’
      • ‘Your opponent is invariably unfamiliar with it, while you master it with matchless facility.’
      • ‘The American scientist was to be prized not just for intellectual prowess, but technical facility.’
      • ‘Only after the show can one fully appreciate the ease and facility of each transition, and the perfect timing of every reaction from one character or the other.’
      • ‘Shifting from gritty and fervid to soft and wet in the blink of an eye, she flicks away all competitors with effortless facility.’
      ease, effortlessness, no difficulty, no trouble, no bother, facileness, simplicity
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Origin

Early 16th century (denoting the means or unimpeded opportunity for doing something): from French facilité or Latin facilitas, from facilis ‘easy’ (see facile).

Pronunciation

facility

/fəˈsilədē//fəˈsɪlədi/