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[fuh-sil-i-tee] /fəˈsɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural facilities.
Often, facilities.
  1. something designed, built, installed, etc., to serve a specific function affording a convenience or service:
    transportation facilities; educational facilities; a new research facility.
  2. something that permits the easier performance of an action, course of conduct, etc.:
    to provide someone with every facility for accomplishing a task; to lack facilities for handling bulk mail.
readiness or ease due to skill, aptitude, or practice; dexterity:
to compose with great facility.
ready compliance:
Her facility in organizing and directing made her an excellent supervisor.
an easy-flowing manner:
facility of style.
the quality of being easily or conveniently done or performed.
Often, facilities. Informal. a rest room, especially one for use by the public, as in a theater or restaurant.
freedom from difficulty, controversy, misunderstanding, etc.:
facility of understanding.
Origin of facility
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English facilite (< Middle French) < Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity
Related forms
nonfacility, noun, plural nonfacilities.
overfacility, noun
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for facilities
  • Horses are then put into holding facilities to be adopted or sold, or to live out the remainder of their lives.
  • Possibly, fuel could be stored at existing facilities if they can be expanded.
  • The museum provides significant supporting facilities and materials for research.
  • Car companies that didn't cash in on the preceding bonanza are now focusing on putting money into their testing facilities.
  • It has deflated endowments and disrupted plans to build new facilities and upgrade equipment.
  • The main university campus offers the full range of services and facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Electricity is mostly used in machine drives, for grinding and crushing, and to transport materials around facilities.
  • It is illegal for facilities to process out-of-state containers, since a state's beverage industry is paying back those deposits.
  • Nuclear weapons facilities aren't cleaning up fast enough, according to two reports released this week.
  • Community colleges' campuses and facilities vary greatly.
British Dictionary definitions for facilities


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