Definition of useful in English:

useful

adjective

  • 1Able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways.

    ‘aspirins are useful for headaches’
    • ‘So many useful shops disappear, to be replaced by a retail outlet that is not welcomed by many of us.’
    • ‘It does appear that she is capable of providing a useful service to her clients.’
    • ‘See, that old webcam you've got stuffed away in a box really can be useful after all.’
    • ‘The flight served no useful purpose at all: there was no need or compulsion to join it.’
    • ‘It means the building is going to be cared for and used and will serve a useful purpose for the community.’
    • ‘He said it was a useful and constructive meeting following on from the previous meeting.’
    • ‘If he has picked up one, it would have been the most useful thing he has done all year.’
    • ‘The new powers given to magistrates to deduct fines from wages and benefits are a useful tool.’
    • ‘There may be features not covered here that you would find useful in your own work, so try to explore it.’
    • ‘How useful is it to tell overweight people or gamblers that they have a disease?’
    • ‘They were also able to gather useful data from the tyre pressure monitoring system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This time we were able to persuade her that this was not a useful tactic and to amend the behaviour.’
    • ‘I spoke to her after the forum to get her sense of how useful she thought the day had been.’
    • ‘Here teenage boys and girls who dropped out after primary school learn useful skills.’
    • ‘Many people use too much salt in their cooking, and it is useful for them to know why this is bad for your heart.’
    • ‘The answer may lie in some useful precedents going even as far back as the genesis of modern Israel.’
    • ‘It would have been useful to examine whether advice and money had changed practice.’
    • ‘At least it felt like I was doing a proper job and something with a useful purpose.’
    • ‘As a book it has useful anecdotes, but is otherwise nothing to get excited about.’
    functional, practical, handy, neat, convenient, utilitarian, utility, helpful, applicable, serviceable, of use, of service
    beneficial, advantageous, helpful, worthwhile, profitable, gainful, rewarding, productive, constructive, effective, efficacious, valuable, fruitful, of help, of assistance
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    1. 1.1British informal Very able or competent in a particular area.
      ‘a useful pace bowler’
      • ‘He is a healthy sceptic to much paranormal activity, and would be a useful expert to have.’

Pronunciation:

useful

/ˈjuːsf(ə)l//ˈjuːsfʊl/