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function - Dictionary definition and meaning for word function

Definition
(noun) (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)
Definition
(noun) what something is used for
Synonyms : purpose , role , use
Example Sentence
  • the function of an auger is to bore holes
  • ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Definition
(noun) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
Synonyms : office , part , role
Example Sentence
  • the function of a teacher
  • the government must do its part
  • play its role

Definition
(noun) a relation such that one thing is dependent on another
Example Sentence
  • height is a function of age
  • price is a function of supply and demand

Definition
(noun) a formal or official social gathering or ceremony
Example Sentence
  • it was a black-tie function

Definition
(noun) a vaguely specified social event
Example Sentence
  • the party was quite an affair
  • an occasion arranged to honor the president
  • a seemingly endless round of social functions

Definition
(noun) a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
Definition
(verb) perform as expected when applied
Synonyms : go , operate , run , work
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) serve a purpose, role, or function
Synonyms : serve
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
Synonyms : officiate
Example Sentence
  • His wife officiated as his private secretary

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