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useful Line breaks: use¦ful
Pronunciation: /ˈjuːsfʊl/

Definition of useful in English:


1Able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways: aspirins are 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, neat, convenient, utilitarian, utility, helpful, applicable, serviceable, of use, of service
informal nifty
1.1British informal Very able or competent in a particular area: a useful pace bowler
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  • He is a healthy sceptic to much paranormal activity, and would be a useful expert to have.


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.



Pronunciation: /ˈjuːsfʊli/
Example sentences
  • He might usefully have added that this could be a long season.
  • Minimising waste is very good practice in industry and commerce, and many of its lessons could usefully be applied to households.
  • Much of that money was not used usefully and with almost no industrial base the country is groaning under its debt burden.

Words that rhyme with useful

woeful • joyful • rueful

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