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Dictionary definition for: Utility

1. (n) a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

2. (n) the quality of being of practical use

3. (n) the service provided by a utility company; "the cost of utilities never decreases"

4. (n) (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice

5. (n) (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer; "a computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users"

6. (n) a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal; "the price of the house included all utilities"

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