(1)   The service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility
"The cost of utilities never decreases"
"All the utilities were lost after the hurricane"
(2)   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"
(3)   The quality of being of practical use
(4)   (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"
(5)   A company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
(6)   (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice


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  1. The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.
  2. Something that is useful.
  3. The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.
  4. A service provider, such as an electric company or water company or its securities.
  5. A software program specifically designed to help manage and tune the computer hardware, operating system or application software, and perform a single task or a small range of tasks; as opposed to application software which tend to be software suites.