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facility Syllabification: fa·cil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /fəˈsilədē/

Definition of facility in English:

noun (plural facilities)

1Space or equipment necessary for doing something: cooking facilities facilities for picnicking, camping, and hiking
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  • There are also disabled toilets at the Washburn Valley reservoir, as well as car parking and picnic facilities.
  • Passengers would have a choice of airlines, terminal facilities and car parks.
  • As well as a second operating theatre, the unit needs more ward space and more facilities to hold clinics and carry out research.
provision, space, means, potential, equipment
amenity, resource, service, advantage, convenience, benefit
establishment, center, place, station, location, premises, site, post, base
informal joint, outfit, setup
1.1An amenity or resource, especially one connected with leisure or hygiene: facilities include two swimming pools
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  • It also boasts a large leisure facility, including indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness room.
  • We had hoped Lewisham Council would proceed with plans to encourage development of the site as a leisure facility, to include a new cinema and restaurant.
  • In this period the college will also be constructing a multi-purpose and health and leisure facility and a library and information resource centre.
1.2 (the facilities) A public restroom.
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  • All employees at the worksite must be aware of this arrangement and know that they can use the facilities at any time.
  • If the facilities for each sex are in the same building, they shall be separated by solid walls or partitions extending from the floor to the roof or ceiling.
washroom, toilet, restroom, bathroom
1.3An establishment set up to fulfill a particular function or provide a particular service, typically an industrial or medical one: a manufacturing facility
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  • The 60-bed short-term facility provides quality medical care while engaging in innovative education and research.
  • He stated that it was important to insure that each medical facility provided is as good as it can possibly be.
  • A state-operated psychiatric facility can provide a rich training ground for medical students, residents and other trainees.
1.4An option or service that gives the opportunity to do or benefit from something: the program includes a help facility and interactive windows
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  • Later this year we'll launch a facility offering flexible benefits, so that our client's employees can optimise the package their employer provides in line with their lifestyles.
  • The revamped site also demonstrates the full breadth of Eddisons' service by offering the facility to search online for plant and machinery.
  • The developer will also offer a full facilities management service.
2 [usually in singular] An ability to do or learn something well and easily; a natural aptitude: he had a facility for languages
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  • As Eve pointed out, I have a facility for falsehoods, a talent both natural and learned.
  • Even there though, in a movie which tested your patience to destruction and beyond, there were flashes of arresting talent: a facility for framing and delineating a mood and a moment.
  • Along with a facility for languages, the fledgling student quickly demonstrated an aptitude for computers and taught himself programming.
aptitude, talent, gift, flair, bent, skill, knack, genius;
ability, proficiency, competence, capability, capacity, faculty;
expertness, adeptness, prowess, mastery, artistry
2.1Absence of difficulty or effort: the pianist played with great facility
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  • Shifting from gritty and fervid to soft and wet in the blink of an eye, she flicks away all competitors with effortless facility.
  • However, his non-Punjabi audience may not feel estranged as he writes with ease and facility.
  • Your opponent is invariably unfamiliar with it, while you master it with matchless facility.


Early 16th century (denoting the means or unimpeded opportunity for doing something): from French facilité or Latin facilitas, from facilis 'easy' (see facile).

  • Latin facilis ‘easy’ is the base of facility. Originally meaning ease in doing something, facility developed into something that makes it easier to do something in the early 19th century, Facilis also give us facile (Late Middle English), facilitate (early 17th century), and faculty (Late Middle English).

Words that rhyme with facility

ability, agility, civility, debility, docility, edibility, fertility, flexility, fragility, futility, gentility, hostility, humility, imbecility, infantility, juvenility, liability, mobility, nihility, nobility, nubility, puerility, senility, servility, stability, sterility, tactility, tranquillity (US tranquility), usability, utility, versatility, viability, virility, volatility
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