Definition of useful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞osfəl/


Able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways: aspirin is useful for headaches
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  • It means the building is going to be cared for and used and will serve a useful purpose for the community.
  • At least it felt like I was doing a proper job and something with a useful purpose.
  • The flight served no useful purpose at all: there was no need or compulsion to join it.
functional, practical, handy, convenient, utilitarian, serviceable, of use, of service
beneficial, advantageous, helpful, worthwhile, profitable, rewarding, productive, constructive, valuable, fruitful


make oneself useful

Do something that is of some value or benefit to someone: make yourself useful—get Jenny a drink
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  • For it is by making themselves useful to the powerful that they gain access to the ‘best’ sources.
  • I seize this opportunity to help Mark by making myself useful.
  • Nice to see the man making himself useful again.

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Syllabification: use·ful

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