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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*=

*x*

^{2}; 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

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Noun | 1. | 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 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 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 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 programsoftware, 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 | |

Verb | 1. | 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.

## function

*noun*

*verb*

Translations

**وَظيفَه، عَمَل**

**يَعْمَل**

**funkce**

**účel**

**fungovat**

**fungere**

**funktion**

**virke**

**opgave**

**funkcio**

**funktsioon**

**funktio**

**juhla**

**tarkoitus**

**tehtävä**

**tilaisuus**

**funkcija**

**függvény**

**funkció**

**működik**

**fungsi**

**fall**

**starf, hlutverk**

**starfa, vinna**

**기능**

**함수**

**funkcija**

**funkcionalus**

**amatpienākums**

**darboties**

**funkcija**

**funkcionēt**

**funcţie**

**funcţiona**

**delovati**

**funkcija**

**funktion**

**uppgift**

## function

[ˈfʌŋ*k*ʃ

*ə*n]

**A.**

*N*

**1.**(=

*purpose*) [

*of machine, person*] → función

*f*

it's not part of my function to

*+ INFIN*→ no me corresponde a mí

*+ infin*

## function

[ˈfʌŋkʃ^{ə}n]

*n*

(=

*role*) → fonction*f* to be a function of sth (=

*dependent on*) → dépendre de qch (=

*reception, dinner*) → cérémonie*f*, soirée*f*officielle## function

*n*

*(of person)*→ Aufgaben

*pl*, → Pflichten

*pl*; in his

**function**as judge → in seiner Eigenschaft als Richter; his

**function**in life → seine Lebensaufgabe

(Math) → Funktion

*f**vi*→ funktionieren;

*(heart, kidney, brain also)*→ arbeiten; he can’t

**function**without his morning coffee → ohne seinen Kaffee am Morgen ist er nicht funktionsfähig; to

**function**as → fungieren als;

*(person also)*→ die Rolle des/der … spielen

*or*ausfüllen;

*(thing also)*→ dienen als

## function

:**function key**

**function room**

*n*→

**Veranstaltungsraum**

*m*

## function

[ˈfʌŋkʃ__/ə__n]

**1.**

*n*

## 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

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