Definition of useful in English:


Syllabification: use·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞osfəl



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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  • 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.

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