Definition of useful in English:

useful

adjective

  • Able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways.

    ‘aspirin is useful for headaches’
    • ‘It means the building is going to be cared for and used and will serve a useful purpose for the community.’
    • ‘If he has picked up one, it would have been the most useful thing he has done all year.’
    • ‘So many useful shops disappear, to be replaced by a retail outlet that is not welcomed by many of us.’
    • ‘I spoke to her after the forum to get her sense of how useful she thought the day had been.’
    • ‘It does appear that she is capable of providing a useful service to her clients.’
    • ‘The answer may lie in some useful precedents going even as far back as the genesis of modern Israel.’
    • ‘The flight served no useful purpose at all: there was no need or compulsion to join it.’
    • ‘He said it was a useful and constructive meeting following on from the previous meeting.’
    • ‘As a book it has useful anecdotes, but is otherwise nothing to get excited about.’
    • ‘Here teenage boys and girls who dropped out after primary school learn useful skills.’
    • ‘There may be features not covered here that you would find useful in your own work, so try to explore it.’
    • ‘At least it felt like I was doing a proper job and something with a useful purpose.’
    • ‘This time we were able to persuade her that this was not a useful tactic and to amend the behaviour.’
    • ‘We think this is a useful service and we hope you like it too but it is only fair that we tell you how this is done.’
    • ‘It would have been useful to examine whether advice and money had changed practice.’
    • ‘The new powers given to magistrates to deduct fines from wages and benefits are a useful tool.’
    • ‘See, that old webcam you've got stuffed away in a box really can be useful after all.’
    • ‘Many people use too much salt in their cooking, and it is useful for them to know why this is bad for your heart.’
    • ‘They were also able to gather useful data from the tyre pressure monitoring system.’
    • ‘How useful is it to tell overweight people or gamblers that they have a disease?’
    beneficial, advantageous, helpful, worthwhile, profitable, gainful, rewarding, productive, constructive, effective, efficacious, valuable, fruitful, of help, of assistance
    functional, practical, handy, neat, convenient, utilitarian, utility, helpful, applicable, serviceable, of use, of service
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Pronunciation:

useful

/ˈyo͞osfəl/