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use·ful

 (yo͞os′fəl)
adj.
1. Having a beneficial use; serviceable: a useful kitchen gadget.
2. Being of practical use: a useful job; useful members of society.

use′ful·ly adv.
use′ful·ness n.

useful

(ˈjuːsfʊl)
adj
1. able to be used advantageously, beneficially, or for several purposes; helpful or serviceable
2. informal commendable or capable: a useful term's work.
n
(Professions) informal Austral an odd-jobman or general factotum
ˈusefully adv
ˈusefulness n

use•ful

(ˈyus fəl)

adj.
1. being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect: a useful member of society.
2. of practical use; producing material results; supplying common needs.
[1585–95]
use′ful•ly, adv.
use′ful•ness, n.

useful

  • alpha version, preview version, beta version - Alpha version describes a development status that usually means the first complete version of a program or application, which is most likely unstable, but is useful to show what the product will do to, usually, a selected group—and is also called preview version; the beta version is usually the last version before wide release, often tested by users under real-world conditions.
  • index fossil - One useful for dating and demonstrating the relation between strata in which it is found.
  • putti - Cupids that make themselves useful, as in old paintings; the singular is putto.
  • decorative arts - Any of the arts that create entities that are both useful and beautiful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.useful - being of use or serviceuseful - being of use or service; "the girl felt motherly and useful"; "a useful job"; "a useful member of society"
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"
expedient - serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
helpful - providing assistance or serving a useful function
profitable - yielding material gain or profit; "profitable speculation on the stock market"
serviceable - ready for service or able to give long service; "serviceable equipment"; "heavy serviceable fabrics"
useless - having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully; "a kitchen full of useless gadgets"; "she is useless in an emergency"
2.useful - having a useful functionuseful - having a useful function; "utilitarian steel tables"
functional - designed for or capable of a particular function or use; "a style of writing in which every word is functional"; "functional architecture"

useful

useful

adjective
1. Serving or capable of serving a useful purpose:
3. Suited to one's end or purpose:
Translations
مُفيد، نافِعنَافِع
полезен
užitečný
nyttig
utila
kasulik
hyödyllinen
koristan
hasznos
gagnlegurgagnlegur, nytsamlegur
役に立つ
유용한
naudingas
folositorutil
užitočný
uporaben
användbar
faida
มีประโยชน์
yararlıfaydalı
có íchhữu ích

useful

[ˈjuːsfʊl] ADJ
1. (= valuable) [information, advice, tool] → útil; [discussion, meeting] → fructífero; [experience] → provechoso, útil
beans are a useful source of proteinlas judías son una buena fuente de proteína
a useful playerun buen jugador, un jugador que vale
the time we spent in Spain was very usefulnuestra estancia en España fue muy provechosa
he's a useful person to knowes una persona que conviene conocer
it is very useful to be able to drivees muy útil saber conducir
useful capacitycapacidad f útil
to come in usefulser útil, venir bien
the machine has reached the end of its useful lifela máquina ha llegado al final de su periodo de funcionamiento
he lived a useful lifetuvo una vida provechosa
to make o.s. usefulayudar, echar una mano
come on, make yourself useful!¡venga, haz algo!, ¡vamos, echa una mano!
this discussion is not serving any useful purposeesta discusión no está sirviendo para nada útil or provechoso
I feel I am useful to the companyme parece que le soy de utilidad a or útil a la empresa
2. (= capable)
he's useful with his fistssabe defenderse con los puños
he's useful with a gunsabe manejar un fusil

useful

[ˈjuːsfʊl] adjutile
to be useful to sb → être utile à qn, servir à qn
to be useful for sb → être utile à qn
to be useful for sth → être utile pour qch
to be useful for doing sth → être utile pour faire qch
it is useful to do sth → il est utile de faire qch
It is useful to keep a diary → Il est utile d'avoir un agenda.
to come in useful → être utile

useful

adj
nützlich; person, citizen, contribution, additionwertvoll, nützlich; (= handy) tool, languagepraktisch, nützlich; sizezweckmäßig; discussionfruchtbar; life, employmentnutzbringend; it is useful for him to be able to …das ist günstig or praktisch, dass er … kann; to make oneself usefulsich nützlich machen; he likes to feel usefuler hat gern das Gefühl, nützlich zu sein; he wants to be useful to otherser möchte anderen nützen; thank you, you’ve been very usefulvielen Dank, Sie haben mir/uns etc sehr geholfen; is that useful information?nützt diese Information etwas?; to come in usefulsich als nützlich erweisen; we spent a useful week in Londonwir waren eine Woche in London, was sehr nützlich war; that’s useful! (iro)das nützt uns was!; he’s a useful man to knowes ist sehr nützlich ihn zu kennen; that advice was most useful to meder Rat hat mir sehr genützt; that’s a useful thing to knowes ist gut das zu wissen; it has a useful life of 10 yearses hat eine Nutzungsdauer von 10 Jahren; the machine has reached the end of its useful lifedie Maschine hat das Ende ihrer Nutzungsdauer erreicht; these drugs are useful in treating cancerdiese Medikamente sind bei der Krebsbehandlung nützlich; you may find it useful to discuss the problem with your doctores könnte hilfreich sein, wenn Sie das Problem mit Ihrem Arzt besprechen würden; to perform a useful functioneine sinnvolle Funktion haben; to prove usefulsich als nützlich erweisen; they ought to be doing something useful with their timesie sollten etwas Sinnvolles mit ihrer Zeit anfangen
(inf) (= capable) playerbrauchbar, fähig; (= creditable) scorewertvoll; to be useful with one’s handsgeschickt mit den Händen sein; he’s quite useful with a gun/his fistser kann ziemlich gut mit der Pistole/seinen Fäusten umgehen

useful

[ˈjuːsfʊl] adj
a. (gen) → utile
he's a useful man to know → è una conoscenza utile
that's a useful thing to know → buono a sapersi
it is very useful to be able to drive → saper guidare è molto utile
to make o.s. useful → rendersi utile
to come in useful → fare comodo, tornare utile
b. (fam) (capable, player) → bravino/a
he is useful with a gun → sa maneggiare il fucile

use2

(juːs) noun
1. the act of using or state of being used. The use of force to persuade workers to join a strike cannot be justified; This telephone number is for use in emergencies.
2. the/a purpose for which something may be used. This little knife has plenty of uses; I have no further use for these clothes.
3. (often in questions or with negatives) value or advantage. Is this coat (of) any use to you?; It's no use offering to help when it's too late.
4. the power of using. She lost the use of her right arm as a result of the accident.
5. permission, or the right, to use. They let us have the use of their car while they were away.
ˈuseful adjective
helpful or serving a purpose well. a useful tool/dictionary; She made herself useful by doing the washing for her mother.
ˈusefulness noun
ˈusefully adverb
in a useful way. He spent the day usefully in repairing the car.
ˈuseless adjective
having no use or no effect. Why don't you throw away those useless things?; We can't do it – it's useless to try.
be in use, be out of use
to be used or not used. How long has the gymnasium been in use / out of use?
come in useful
to become useful. My French came in useful on holiday.
have no use for
to despise. I have no use for such silliness / silly people.
it's no use
it's impossible or useless. He tried in vain to do it, then said `It's no use.'
make (good) use of, put to (good) use
He makes use of his training; He puts his training to good use in that job.

useful

نَافِع užitečný nyttig nützlich χρήσιμος útil hyödyllinen utile koristan utile 役に立つ 유용한 handig nyttig użyteczny útil полезный användbar มีประโยชน์ yararlı hữu ích 有用的

useful

a. útil, provechoso-a, práctico-a.
References in classic literature ?
These things are useful in the management of one's affairs; to be skilful in the nature of cattle, which are most profitable, and where, and how; as for instance, what advantage will arise from keeping horses, or oxen, or sheep, or any other live stock; it is also necessary to be acquainted with the comparative value of these things, and which of them in particular places are worth most; for some do better in one place, some in another.
But is the just man or the skilful player a more useful and better partner at a game of draughts?
Some variations useful to him have probably arisen suddenly, or by one step; many botanists, for instance, believe that the fuller's teazle, with its hooks, which cannot be rivalled by any mechanical contrivance, is only a variety of the wild Dipsacus; and this amount of change may have suddenly arisen in a seedling.
But as this tract is put forth merely as a history, or, if you will, as a tale, in which, amid some examples worthy of imitation, there will be found, perhaps, as many more which it were advisable not to follow, I hope it will prove useful to some without being hurtful to any, and that my openness will find some favor with all.
My idea was to attract the chivalry and nobility, and make them useful and keep them out of mischief.
Susan tried to be useful, where she could only have gone away and cried; and that Susan was useful she could perceive; that things, bad as they were, would have been worse but for such interposition, and that both her mother and Betsey were restrained from some excesses of very offensive indulgence and vulgarity.
This appears in works both of the useful and the fine arts, if we employ the popular distinction of works according to their aim either at use or beauty.
But, above all, that thought was kept out of their minds by the fact that they saw they were really useful, as in fact they were to the whole Rostov family.
These defensive weapons were accompanied by pickaxes, crowbars, saws, and other useful implements, not to mention clothing adapted to every temperature, from that of polar regions to that of the torrid zone.
SOCRATES: If they had been, there would assuredly have been discerners of characters among us who would have known our future great men; and on their showing we should have adopted them, and when we had got them, we should have kept them in the citadel out of the way of harm, and set a stamp upon them far rather than upon a piece of gold, in order that no one might tamper with them; and when they grew up they would have been useful to the state?
Altho' I cannot agree with you in supposing that I shall never again be exposed to Misfortunes as unmerited as those I have already experienced, yet to avoid the imputation of Obstinacy or ill-nature, I will gratify the curiosity of your daughter; and may the fortitude with which I have suffered the many afflictions of my past Life, prove to her a useful lesson for the support of those which may befall her in her own.
A FIR-TREE said boastingly to the Bramble, "You are useful for nothing at all; while I am everywhere used for roofs and houses.