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noun
a business enterprise, as a public-service corporation, performing an essential public service and regulated by the federal, state, or local government.Compare utility (def. 3).
Usually public utilities. stocks or bonds of public-utility companies, excluding railroads.
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Origin of public utility

First recorded in 1900–05

OTHER WORDS FROM public utility

pub·lic-u·til·i·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for public utility

public utility

noun
an enterprise concerned with the provision to the public of essentials, such as electricity or waterAlso called (US): public-service corporation
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Cultural definitions for public utility

public utility

A private company supplying water, gas, electricity, telephone service, or the like, which is granted a monopoly by the government and then regulated by the government.

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