noun, plural fa·cil·i·ties.

Origin of facility

1375–1425; late Middle English facilite (< Middle French) < Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity
Related formsnon·fa·cil·i·ty, noun, plural non·fa·cil·i·ties.o·ver·fa·cil·i·ty, noun
Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate
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Examples from the Web for facilities

Contemporary Examples of facilities

Historical Examples of facilities

  • It's up to you to do this thing just as if you had all the facilities.

  • Until 1850, the facilities for education in Toledo were all in the future.

  • Every year since that time they have added to their facilities.

  • The intelligence and facilities of Government are but one step above the barbarian.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • His position as deputy-mayor gave him facilities for knowing what was going on.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for facilities


noun plural -ties

ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
(often plural) the means or equipment facilitating the performance of an action
rare easy-going disposition
military an organization or building offering supporting capability
(usually plural) a euphemistic word for lavatory

Word Origin for facility

C15: from Latin facilitās, from facilis easy; see facile
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Word Origin and History for facilities

"opportunities," 1809, plural of facility. Sense of "physical means of doing something" is from 1872.



early 15c., "gentleness," from Middle French facilité, from Latin facilitatem (nominative facilitas) "easiness, ease, fluency, willingness," from facilis "easy" (see facile). Its sense in English moved from "genteelness" to "opportunity" (1510s), to "aptitude, ease" (1530s). Meaning "place for doing something," which makes the word so beloved of journalists and fuzzy writers, first recorded 1872.

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