noun, plural u·til·i·ties.
Origin of utility
Examples from the Web for utilities
The popularity of solar leasing is inspiring moves like this by utilities.
Utilities and real estate developers would start making home-charging stations standard rather than expensive extras.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road|Daniel Gross|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In California, for example, the utilities earn profits even as people and businesses use less energy.
For the first time, utilities nationwide will have a financial incentive to decrease electricity usage.
And in 43 states, utilities are required to buy the power that a rooftop system produces but does not use.
We are surrounded by utilities, but we must stoop to appropriate them.Harmonies of Political Economy|Frdric Bastiat
Teach her all the accomplishments, but none of the utilities of life.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England, Vol. I (of 4).--1841-1857|Charles L. Graves
In hedonistic theory, production of course means the production of utilities, and utility is of course utility to the consumer.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays|Thorstein Veblen
When such things are actually brought into ownership, their utilities become available, as they would not otherwise be.Essentials of Economic Theory|John Bates Clark
Economic consumption is the enjoyment of the utilities which wealth is capable of affording.The Principles of Economics|Frank A. Fetter
British Dictionary definitions for utilities
noun plural -ties
- the quality of practical use; usefulness; serviceability
- (as modifier)a utility fabric
- a public service, such as the bus system; public utility
- (as modifier)utility vehicle
- the ability of a commodity to satisfy human wants
- the amount of such satisfactionSee disutility
Word Origin for utility
Word Origin and History for utilities
late 14c., "fact of being useful," from Old French utilite "usefulness" (late 13c.), earlier utilitet (12c.), from Latin utilitatem (nominative utilitas) "usefulness, serviceableness, profit," from utilis "usable," from uti (see use (v.)). As a shortened form of public utility it is recorded from 1930.