1 a of use; serviceable. b producing or able to produce good results (gave me some useful hints).
2 colloq. highly creditable or efficient (a useful performance).
Phrases and idioms:
make oneself useful perform useful services. useful load the load carried by an aircraft etc. in addition to its own weight.
usefully adv. usefulness n.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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