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Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime.
Johnny Ball

Meaning of "useful" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF USEFUL

useful  [ˈjuːsfʊl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF USEFUL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Useful can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES USEFUL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Utility

Utility, or usefulness, is the ability of something to satisfy needs or wants. Utility is an important concept in economics and game theory, because it represents satisfaction experienced by the consumer of a good. Not coincidentally, a good is something that satisfies human wants and provides utility, for example, to a consumer making a purchase. It was recognized that one can not directly measure benefit, satisfaction or happiness from a good or service, so instead economists have devised ways of representing and measuring utility in terms of economic choices that can be counted. Economists have attempted to perfect highly abstract methods of comparing utilities by observing and calculating economic choices. In the simplest sense, economists consider utility to be revealed in people's willingness to pay different amounts for different goods.

Definition of useful in the English dictionary

The first definition of useful in the dictionary is able to be used advantageously, beneficially, or for several purposes; helpful or serviceable. Other definition of useful is commendable or capable. Useful is also an odd-jobman or general factotum.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH USEFUL


blissful
ˈblɪsfʊl
disgraceful
dɪsˈɡreɪsfʊl
distressful
dɪsˈtrɛsfʊl
forceful
ˈfɔːsfʊl
glassful
ˈɡlɑːsfʊl
graceful
ˈɡreɪsfʊl
houseful
ˈhaʊsfʊl
increaseful
ɪnˈkriːsfʊl
peaceful
ˈpiːsfʊl
purposeful
ˈpɜːpəsfʊl
purseful
ˈpɜːsfʊl
remorseful
rɪˈmɔːsfʊl
resourceful
rɪˈzɔːsfʊl
successful
səkˈsɛsfʊl
suspenseful
səˈspɛnsfʊl
unpeaceful
ʌnˈpiːsfʊl
unremorseful
ˌʌnrɪˈmɔːsfʊl
unsuccessful
ˌʌnsəkˈsɛsfʊl
unuseful
ʌnˈjuːsfʊl
wineglassful
ˈwaɪnˌɡlɑːsfʊl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE USEFUL

use up
use-by date
useability
useable
useableness
useably
used
used to
used-car salesman
usedn´t
usefully
usefulness
useless
uselessly
uselessness
usen´t
Usenet
user
user group
user interface

WORDS THAT END LIKE USEFUL

careful
diseaseful
easeful
fateful
grateful
hateful
hopeful
menseful
museful
noiseful
pauseful
praiseful
promiseful
reposeful
senseful
shameful
tasteful
unreposeful
vengeful
wasteful

Synonyms and antonyms of useful in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «USEFUL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «useful» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of useful

Translation of «useful» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF USEFUL

Find out the translation of useful to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of useful from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «useful» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

有用的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

útil
570 millions of speakers

English

useful
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उपयोगी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نَافِع
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

полезный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

útil
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দরকারী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

utile
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berguna
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

nützlich
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

役に立つ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

유용한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Migunani
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hữu ích
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பயனுள்ள
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उपयुक्त
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

işe yarar
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

utile
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

użyteczny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

корисний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

util
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χρήσιμος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nuttige
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

användbar
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

nyttig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of useful

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «USEFUL»

The term «useful» is very widely used and occupies the 2.012 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «USEFUL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «useful» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «useful» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about useful

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10 QUOTES WITH «USEFUL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word useful.
1
Scott Adams
Be careful that what you write does not offend anybody or cause problems within the company. The safest approach is to remove all useful information.
2
James Allen
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
3
Antisthenes
The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.
4
Johnny Ball
Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime.
5
Sara Bareilles
If you take your fear and mash it into something that's actually useful, then it doesn't feel like it wins.
6
P. T. Barnum
Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means.
7
William Bartram
The attention of a traveller, should be particularly turned, in the first place, to the various works of Nature, to mark the distinctions of the climates he may explore, and to offer such useful observations on the different productions as may occur.
8
Arnold Bennett
We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going... Concentrate on something useful.
9
Michael Ian Black
I take it for what it is, and sometimes the criticism is actually useful and constructive and actually informs what I do, but most of the time, it's sort of mindless, or they're receiving something on a different frequency than I was sending it.
10
Craig Bruce
Organizations like the ACLU fought and won the good fight back in the 1960's, but it's clear that nowadays they've run out of useful things to do since they now spend most of their time defending the scum of the Earth from getting what they rightly deserve.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «USEFUL»

Discover the use of useful in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to useful and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Unusually Useful Web Book
• •Discover unusually useful website tips and tricks for increasing traffic, visitor frequency, and search engine rankings, and selecting traffic analysis software. •Written by the former VP of Content Development for HotWired, the ...
June Cohen, 2003
2
Useful Toil: Autobiographies of Working People from the ...
Burnett's broad and sympathetic introductions focus and contextualise the wealth of material. These stories provide the antithesis of `great name' history, yet they constantly touch on human experiences that are timeless and universal.
John Burnett, 1994
3
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
Eighteen-year-old James Sveck, sophistocated yet vulnerable, appreciates the world around him. He just doesn't know how to live in it.
Peter Cameron, 2009
4
Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important Than ...
Why do the efforts of aid organizations and international diplomats founder so often? In this important book David Keen investigates why conflicts are so prevalent and so intractable, even when one side has much greater military resources.
David Keen, 2012
5
Useful Bodies: Humans in the Service of Medical Science in ...
With contributions by leading historians of medicine, science, and public policy, Useful Bodies will be of interest to ethicists, bioethicists and those engaged in the formulation of public health and policy."— Issues in Law and Medicine ...
Jordan Goodman, Anthony McElligott, Lara Marks, 2004
6
Useful Fools
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
C.A. Schmidt, 2007
7
How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work
Humorous yet wise, irreverent yet marvelously practical, this book will help you learn Why "just being yourself" is a terrible idea. How to be smart, but not too smart. Why you shouldn't be "nice." When not to be good at your job.
Megan Hustad, 2008
8
Useful Quasicrystals
The aim of this book is to acquaint the reader with what the author regards as the most basic characteristics of quasicrystals structure, formation and stability, properties in relationship with the applications of quasicrystalline ...
Jean-Marie Dubois, 2005
9
Say it Better in English: Useful Phrases for Work & Everyday ...
This new method makes it easy to improve your English. You learn useful phrases that people use in everyday situations. You learn phrases one by one so you can study for as little as two minutes a day. Give this book two minutes a day.
Marianna Pascal, 2007
10
The Really Useful Science Book: A Framework of Knowledge for ...
This book has been designed to support and extend both teachers' and students' own knowledge and understanding of science using accessible language to explain ideas and concepts.
Steve Farrow, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «USEFUL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term useful is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Factor investing proves useful to some
What should the building blocks of a portfolio be — sectors or factors? This sounds an annoyingly abstract and philosophical question, but is at the heart of how ... «Financial Times, Jul 15»
2
Greece is more useful to Russia inside the EU than out
We learned on Monday that Yuri Milner, the billionaire Russian entrepreneur, is to spend $100m of his own money over the next 10 years to fund a project ... «FT.com, Jul 15»
3
We're all Putin's 'useful idiots'
LONDON — Watching Russian TV recently is a disturbing business. As Stephen Ennis at BBC Monitoring has painstakingly recorded, Russian media has ... «Politico, Jul 15»
4
Reddit's Non-Toxic, Actually Useful, Sometimes Weird Subreddits: A …
Reddit is the internet's New Jersey: Dense, well-populated, poorly regarded, run around the border with bad smells and toxic waste—and filled with some ... «Gawker, Jul 15»
5
Watching Cat Videos Serves Useful Purpose, Research Finds
A survey published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior finds that cat videos can boost a person's mood. Nearly 7,000 people were surveyed about ... «NPR, Jun 15»
6
Making App Design Beautiful And Useful
Everyone in finance faces dozens, perhaps hundreds, of them every working day, but usually without a second thought, unless they are really awful. They are ... «Forbes, Jun 15»
7
13 highly useful skills you can learn in a minute
While one minute may not seem like a lot of time to master a useful skill, you'd be surprised just how much you can actually accomplish in 60 seconds or less. «Business Insider, Jun 15»
8
Michelle Obama: Men Are 'Useful'
During a conversation with students in the United Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama told them that men were “useful” for promoting the idea of more ... «Breitbart News, Jun 15»
9
The Apple Watch May Actually Become Useful With Native Apps
Siri is more useful too — she can give you mass transit directions (working with the new transit maps feature), and control networked devices in your home. «Gizmodo, Jun 15»
10
9 useful PowerShell tools
Perhaps the most useful features of PowerGUI are the Power Packs: Pre-built scripts that have been open-sourced by the user community and made available to ... «Computerworld, Jun 15»

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