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func·tion

 (fŭngk′shən)
n.
1. The action or purpose for which a person or thing is suited or employed, especially:
a. A person's role or occupation: in my function as chief editor.
b. Biology The physiological activity of an organ or body part: The heart's function is to pump blood.
c. Computers A procedure within an application.
2. An official ceremony or a formal social occasion: disliked attending receptions and other company functions.
3. Something closely related to another thing and dependent on it for its existence, value, or significance: Growth is a function of nutrition.
4. Abbr. f Mathematics
a. A variable so related to another that for each value assumed by one there is a value determined for the other.
b. A rule of correspondence between two sets such that there is exactly one element in the second set assigned to each element in the first set. Also called mapping.
intr.v. func·tioned, func·tion·ing, func·tions
1. To have or perform a function; serve: functioned as ambassador.
2. To deal with or overcome the challenges of everyday life: For weeks after his friend's funeral he simply could not function.

[Latin fūnctiō, fūnctiōn-, performance, execution, from fūnctus, past participle of fungī, to perform, execute.]

func′tion·less adj.
Synonyms: function, duty, office, role
These nouns denote the actions and activities assigned to, required of, or expected of a person: the function of a teacher; a bank clerk's duty; performed the office of financial adviser; the role of a parent.

function

(ˈfʌŋkʃən)
n
1. the natural action or intended purpose of a person or thing in a specific role: the function of a hammer is to hit nails into wood.
2. an official or formal social gathering or ceremony
3. a factor dependent upon another or other factors: the length of the flight is a function of the weather.
4. (Mathematics) maths logic Also called: map or mapping a relation between two sets that associates a unique element (the value) of the second (the range) with each element (the argument) of the first (the domain): a many-one relation. Symbol: f(x) The value of f(x) for x = 2 is f(2)
vb (intr)
5. to operate or perform as specified; work properly
6. (foll by as) to perform the action or role (of something or someone else): a coin may function as a screwdriver.
[C16: from Latin functiō, from fungī to perform, discharge]
ˈfunctionless adj

func•tion

(ˈfʌŋk ʃən)

n.
1. the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role.
2. any ceremonious public or social gathering or occasion.
3. a factor related to or dependent upon other factors: Price is a function of supply and demand.
4.
a. Also called correspondence , map, mapping, transformation. a relation between two sets in which one element of the second set is assigned to each element of the first set, as the expression y=x2; operator.
b. a formula expressing a relation between the angles of a triangle and its sides, as sine or cosine.
5. the grammatical role a linguistic form has or the position it occupies in a particular construction.
6. the contribution made by a social activity or structure to the maintenance of a social system.
v.i.
7. to work; operate.
8. to have or exercise a function; serve.
[1525–35; < Latin functiō a performance, execution, derivative of fungī to perform, execute]
func′tion•less, adj.

func·tion

(fŭngk′shən)
1. A relationship between two sets that matches each member of the first set with a unique member of the second set. Functions are often expressed as an equation, such as y = x + 5, meaning that y is a function of x such that for any value of x, the value of y will be 5 greater than x.
2. A quantity whose value depends on the value given to one or more related quantities. For example, the area of a square is a function of the length of its sides.

function


Past participle: functioned
Gerund: functioning

Imperative
function
function
Present
I function
you function
he/she/it functions
we function
you function
they function
Preterite
I functioned
you functioned
he/she/it functioned
we functioned
you functioned
they functioned
Present Continuous
I am functioning
you are functioning
he/she/it is functioning
we are functioning
you are functioning
they are functioning
Present Perfect
I have functioned
you have functioned
he/she/it has functioned
we have functioned
you have functioned
they have functioned
Past Continuous
I was functioning
you were functioning
he/she/it was functioning
we were functioning
you were functioning
they were functioning
Past Perfect
I had functioned
you had functioned
he/she/it had functioned
we had functioned
you had functioned
they had functioned
Future
I will function
you will function
he/she/it will function
we will function
you will function
they will function
Future Perfect
I will have functioned
you will have functioned
he/she/it will have functioned
we will have functioned
you will have functioned
they will have functioned
Future Continuous
I will be functioning
you will be functioning
he/she/it will be functioning
we will be functioning
you will be functioning
they will be functioning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been functioning
you have been functioning
he/she/it has been functioning
we have been functioning
you have been functioning
they have been functioning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been functioning
you will have been functioning
he/she/it will have been functioning
we will have been functioning
you will have been functioning
they will have been functioning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been functioning
you had been functioning
he/she/it had been functioning
we had been functioning
you had been functioning
they had been functioning
Conditional
I would function
you would function
he/she/it would function
we would function
you would function
they would function
Past Conditional
I would have functioned
you would have functioned
he/she/it would have functioned
we would have functioned
you would have functioned
they would have functioned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.function - (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)function - (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)
multinomial, polynomial - a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
mathematical relation - a relation between mathematical expressions (such as equality or inequality)
expansion - a function expressed as a sum or product of terms; "the expansion of (a+b)^2 is a^2 + 2ab + b^2"
inverse function - a function obtained by expressing the dependent variable of one function as the independent variable of another; f and g are inverse functions if f(x)=y and g(y)=x
Kronecker delta - a function of two variables i and j that equals 1 when i=j and equals 0 otherwise
metric, metric function - a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them
transformation - (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
isometry - a one-to-one mapping of one metric space into another metric space that preserves the distances between each pair of points; "the isometries of the cube"
operator - (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation
circular function, trigonometric function - function of an angle expressed as a ratio of the length of the sides of right-angled triangle containing the angle
threshold function - a function that takes the value 1 if a specified function of the arguments exceeds a given threshold and 0 otherwise
exponential, exponential function - a function in which an independent variable appears as an exponent
2.function - what something is used forfunction - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
usefulness, utility - the quality of being of practical use
raison d'etre - the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
3.function - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or groupfunction - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
duty - work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job"
capacity - a specified function; "he was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
hat - an informal term for a person's role; "he took off his politician's hat and talked frankly"
portfolio - the role of the head of a government department; "he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs"
lieu, stead, place, position - the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"
second fiddle - a secondary role or function; "he hated to play second fiddle to anyone"
4.function - a relation such that one thing is dependent on another; "height is a function of age"; "price is a function of supply and demand"
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
5.function - a formal or official social gathering or ceremony; "it was a black-tie function"
social affair, social gathering - a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship
6.function - a vaguely specified social eventfunction - a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
social event - an event characteristic of persons forming groups
party - an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment; "he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"
celebration, jubilation - a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
fundraiser - a social function that is held for the purpose of raising money
photo op, photo opportunity - an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed
sleepover - an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home (especially as a party for children)
7.function - a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer programfunction - a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
software, software package, software program, software system, computer software, package - (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory; "the market for software is expected to expand"
computer program, computer programme, programme, program - (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute; "the program required several hundred lines of code"
cataloged procedure - a set of control statements that have been placed in a library and can be retrieved by name
contingency procedure - an alternative to the normal procedure; triggered if an unusual but anticipated situation arises
library routine - a debugged routine that is maintained in a program library
random number generator - a routine designed to yield a random number
recursive routine - a routine that can call itself
reusable routine - a routine that can be loaded once and executed repeatedly
executive routine, supervisory routine - a routine that coordinates the operation of subroutines
tracing routine - a routine that provides a chronological record of the execution of a computer program
service routine, utility routine - a routine that can be used as needed
Verb1.function - perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
double - do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions; "She doubles as his wife and secretary"
roll - begin operating or running; "The cameras were rolling"; "The presses are already rolling"
run - be operating, running or functioning; "The car is still running--turn it off!"
cut - function as a cutting instrument; "This knife cuts well"
work - operate in or through; "Work the phones"
service, serve - be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"
malfunction, misfunction - fail to function or function improperly; "the coffee maker malfunctioned"
2.function - serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves as a table"; "The female students served as a control group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom served him well"; "The table functions as a desk"
service, serve - be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"
suffice, answer, do, serve - be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve"
prelude - serve as a prelude or opening to
act as - function as or act like; "This heap of stones will act as a barrier"
3.function - perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; "His wife officiated as his private secretary"
serve - do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; "He served as head of the department for three years"; "She served in Congress for two terms"

function

noun
1. purpose, business, job, concern, use, part, office, charge, role, post, operation, situation, activity, exercise, responsibility, task, duty, mission, employment, capacity, province, occupation, raison d'être (French) The main function of merchant banks is to raise capital. result, effect, consequence, outcome, end result Your success will be a function of how well you can work.
2. reception, party, affair, gathering, bash (informal), lig (Brit. slang), social occasion, soiree, do (informal) We were going down to a function in London.
verb
1. work, run, operate, perform, be in business, be in running order, be in operation or action, go The authorities say the prison is now functioning properly.
2. act, serve, operate, perform, behave, officiate, act the part of, do duty, have the role of, be in commission, be in operation or action, serve your turn On weekdays, one third of the room functions as a workspace.

function

noun
1. The proper activity of a person or thing:
2. A large or important social gathering:
Informal: do.
Slang: bash.
verb
1. To react in a specified way:
2. To perform a function effectively:
3. To perform the duties of another:
Translations
وَظيفَه، عَمَليَعْمَل
funkceúčelfungovat
fungerefunktionvirkeopgave
funkcio
funktsioon
funktiojuhlatarkoitustehtävätilaisuus
funkcija
függvényfunkcióműködik
fungsi
fallstarf, hlutverkstarfa, vinna
기능함수
funkcijafunkcionalus
amatpienākumsdarbotiesfunkcijafunkcionēt
funcţiefuncţiona
delovatifunkcija
funktionuppgift

function

[ˈfʌŋkʃən]
A. N
1. (= purpose) [of machine, person] → función f
it's not part of my function to + INFINno me corresponde a mí + infin
2. (= reception) → recepción f; (= official ceremony) → acto m
3. (Math) → función f
B. VI (= operate) → funcionar, marchar
to function ashacer (las veces) de
C. CPD function key Ntecla f de función
function word Npalabra f funcional

function

[ˈfʌŋkʃən]
n
(= role) → fonction f
to be a function of sth (= dependent on) → dépendre de qch
(= reception, dinner) → cérémonie f, soirée f officielle
vi
(= work) → fonctionner
to function as (= serve) → faire office de

function

n
(of heart, tool, word etc)Funktion f
(of person)Aufgaben pl, → Pflichten pl; in his function as judgein seiner Eigenschaft als Richter; his function in lifeseine Lebensaufgabe
(= meeting)Veranstaltung f; (= reception)Empfang m; (= official ceremony)Feier f
(Math) → Funktion f
vifunktionieren; (heart, kidney, brain also)arbeiten; he can’t function without his morning coffeeohne seinen Kaffee am Morgen ist er nicht funktionsfähig; to function asfungieren als; (person also)die Rolle des/der … spielen or ausfüllen; (thing also)dienen als

function

:
function key
n (Comput) → Funktionstaste f
function room
nVeranstaltungsraum m

function

[ˈfʌŋkʃn]
1. n
a. (purpose) (Math) → funzione f
b. (reception) → ricevimento; (official ceremony) → cerimonia, funzione f
2. vi (operate) → funzionare
to function as → fungere da

function

(ˈfaŋkʃən) noun
a special job, use or duty (of a machine, part of the body, person etc). The function of the brake is to stop the car.
verb
(of a machine etc) to work; to operate. This typewriter isn't functioning very well.
ˈfunctional adjective
1. designed to be useful rather than to look beautiful. functional clothes; a functional building.
2. able to operate. It's an old car, but it's still functional.

func·tion

n. función; facultad;
v. funcionar, desempeñar un trabajo.

function

n función f; vi funcionar
References in classic literature ?
She seemed for the time to be taking a rest from that laborious and fatiguing function and to have abandoned herself to some mechanical impulse that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility.
But a certain fine temper of being was now not brought out in full relief, but changeably and imperfectly betrayed, of which it was the function to deal with all beautiful and enjoyable things.
If I say, that in any creature breathing is only a function indispensable to vitality, inasmuch as it withdraws from the air a certain element, which being subsequently brought into contact with the blood imparts to the blood its vivifying principle, I do not think I shall err; though I may possibly use some superfluous scientific words.
Amy chatted happily along, as they walked, for her heart was singing, but Tom's tongue had lost its function.
It was his function to build, the absence of water or of possible progeny was an accident for which he was not accountable.
It is the clergyman's function to help--at least with advice-- those who wished to help themselves.
No practiced eye observing the peculiar bluish pallor of his complexion, and the marked difficulty with which he drew his breath, could have failed to perceive that the great organ of life was in this man, what the housekeeper had stated it to be, too weak for the function which it was called on to perform.
The principal function of this retainer was to quarrel with the cook; in which respect he was a perfect Whittington, without his cat, or the remotest chance of being made Lord Mayor.
uf were stripped of their gorgeous apparel, and attired in jerkins and trowsers of coarse linen, their sleeves being tucked up above the elbow, like those of butchers when about to exercise their function in the slaughter-house.
The undertaker, instructed to spare no expense, provided long-tailed black horses, with black palls on their backs and black plumes upon their foreheads; coachmen decorated with scarves and jack-boots, black hammercloths, cloaks, and gloves, with many hired mourners, who, however, would have been instantly discharged had they presumed to betray emotion, or in any way overstep their function of walking beside the hearse with brass-tipped batons in their hands.
I have already said that this magnificent function was being given on the occasion of the retirement of M.
The immense hall was crowded with nobles and their women, as though some important function was in progress.