Definition of public utility in US English:

public utility


  • An organization supplying the community with electricity, gas, water, or sewerage.

    • ‘The creditors demanded trade liberalisation and the full-scale privatisation of public utilities, financial institutions, State farms and factories.’
    • ‘If this is the case, why don't public utilities vary water rates with supplies?’
    • ‘Just weeks after the corporate flag had been raised over what had been a public utility, water rates were hiked up massively.’
    • ‘About half of the country's gross domestic product is produced by public utilities and corporations.’
    • ‘Health care provision and other public utilities such as water and electricity have been cut or privatised.’


public utility

/ˈpəblɪk juˈtɪlədi//ˈpəblik yo͞oˈtilədē/