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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.
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Noun1.functioning - process or manner of functioning or operating; "the power of its engine determines its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds"; "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
Adj.1.functioning - performing or able to perform its regular function; "a functioning flashlight"
malfunctioning, nonfunctional - not performing or able to perform its regular function; "a malfunctioning valve"
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The way in which a machine or other thing performs or functions:
behavior, operation, performance, reaction, working (often used in plural).
In action or full operation:
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n. funcionamiento.
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It is used to describe the outcome of family efforts to bring a new level of balance, harmony, coherence, and a satisfactory level of functioning to a family following head injury (McCubbin & McCubbin, 1991).
The researchers found that 57% of the subjects had HCT scores suggestive of abnormal cognitive functioning.
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Research on psychometric approaches, particularly those related to measurement of cognitive-intellectual functioning of Mexican Americans, have been equivocal in their results.
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Chiropractic philosophy has always understood this simple fact: our bodies are so well designed that if you take care of them properly they will not only last you a lifetime, they will also function effortlessly and efficiently, without sacrificing strength, speed, or functioning well into the golden years.
Both cohesion and adaptability contribute to a family's overall functioning, and they are the two primary qualities of high functioning families listed by Olson and DeFrain (2000).
With the right kind of structure, staffing and workflow functioning correctly, the audit committee should be relying on the scope of work of the internal auditors to assess the organization and provide open, honest, assessments.
This paper claims that four things have been overlooked in the philosophy of functions: (1) That there are four-dimensional shapes that are necessary to the functioning of many tools, mechanisms, and bodily organs; (2) That there are internal relations among such shapes; (3) That there is an important similarity between ordinal scales and function concepts; (4) That a functional norm also can function as a prototypical standard unit; when this is the case, there is an important similarity between metrical scales and function concepts.
(1) These quality-of-life changes--which included women's global health, emotional and cognitive functioning, and experiences of insomnia and appetite loss--occurred similarly in medical and surgical abortion patients.
How else can we explain--much less teach the grammatical beauty in--a seemingly everyday sentence containing a transitive verb with a transitive gerund phrase as its object: "I love hitting the ball." In a less mind-bending example, students have no problem detecting the problem with "That's me book," but fluency and literary collide when gerunds are coupled with possessive pronouns: "My going to the game is costly." Other vexing verbal constructions include infinitives functioning as adjectives ("I need a book to read") and the ever-insidious dangling participle.
1) brain death is defined as "the absence of all brain functioning demonstrated by profound coma, apnea, and absence of all brain-stem reflexes."