Definition of convenient in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈviːnɪənt/


1Fitting in well with a person’s needs, activities, and plans: I phoned your office to confirm that this date is convenient
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  • There are plenty of ways to make your meal plan convenient, appealing, and customized to fit your lifestyle.
  • It wasn't as if he even particularly liked to swim; it was simply the most convenient physical activity.
  • In the garden would be quite convenient as you are planning on mowing the lawn.
suitable, appropriate, fitting, fit, suited, agreeable;
opportune, timely, well timed, favourable, advantageous, expedient
archaic commodious, seasonable
trouble-free, labour-saving;
useful, handy, practical, serviceable;
1.1Involving little trouble or effort: the new car park will make shopping much more convenient
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  • The card is being marketed as a more convenient option for the customer, compared to carrying cash or traveller's cheques.
  • A more convenient but less effective option is to use a liquid extract.
  • If you can offer a more convenient option to customers, that is valuable.
1.2 (convenient for) Situated so as to allow easy access to: the site would have to be convenient for London
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  • We are pleased to offer to the market this terraced house, convenient for access to all local amenities and transport links.
  • The property is also convenient for a number of local schools.
  • London Gatwick Airport is convenient for The English Language Centre in Brighton.
within easy reach of, near (to), close to, well placed for, well situated for, handy for, just around the corner from, within walking distance of, at close quarters to, not far from
informal a stone's throw from, {a hop, skip, and a jump away from}, within spitting distance of
1.3Helpfully placed or occurring: guests were relaxing beneath a convenient palm tree
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  • The doctors responsible for children's heart surgery in Bristol provided convenient scapegoats.
  • Yet a closer look at his record suggests that he is just a convenient scapegoat for a lot of people's stereotypes.
  • The promissory note is a convenient tool, an additional guarantee to the bona fide commercial relationship.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'befitting, becoming, suitable'): from Latin convenient- 'assembling, agreeing, fitting', from the verb convenire (see convene).

Words that rhyme with convenient

intervenient, lenient, prevenient

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