function, mathematical function, single-valued function, map, mapping(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)
function, purpose, role, use(noun)
what something is used for
"the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
function, office, part, role(noun)
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"
a relation such that one thing is dependent on another
"height is a function of age"; "price is a function of supply and demand"
a formal or official social gathering or ceremony
"it was a black-tie function"
affair, occasion, social occasion, function, social function(noun)
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"
routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure, function(verb)
a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
function, work, operate, go, run(verb)
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"
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"
perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
"His wife officiated as his private secretary"
What something does or is used for.
A professional or official position.
An official or social occasion.
A relation where one thing is dependent on another for its existence, value, or significance.
A relation in which each element of the domain is associated with exactly one element of the codomain.
A routine that receives zero or more arguments and may return a result.
The physiological activity of an organ or body part.
The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.
The role of a social practice in the continued existence of the group.
to have a function
to carry on a function; to be in action
Origin: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.
the act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; per formance
the appropriate action of any special organ or part of an animal or vegetable organism; as, the function of the heart or the limbs; the function of leaves, sap, roots, etc.; life is the sum of the functions of the various organs and parts of the body
the natural or assigned action of any power or faculty, as of the soul, or of the intellect; the exertion of an energy of some determinate kind
the course of action which peculiarly pertains to any public officer in church or state; the activity appropriate to any business or profession
a quantity so connected with another quantity, that if any alteration be made in the latter there will be a consequent alteration in the former. Each quantity is said to be a function of the other. Thus, the circumference of a circle is a function of the diameter. If x be a symbol to which different numerical values can be assigned, such expressions as x2, 3x, Log. x, and Sin. x, are all functions of x
alt. of Functionate
Origin: [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. Defunct.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fungk′shun, n. the doing of a thing: duty peculiar to any office: faculty, exercise of faculty: the peculiar office of any part of the body or mind: power: a solemn service: (math.) a quantity so connected with another that any change in the one produces a corresponding change in the other: the technical term in physiology for the vital activity of organ, tissue, or cell.—adj. Func′tional, pertaining to or performed by functions—opp. to Organic or Structural.—vs.t. Func′tionalise, Func′tionate.—adv. Func′tionally.—n. Func′tionary, one who discharges any duty: one who holds an office.—adj. Func′tionless, having no function. [O. Fr.,—L. function-em—fungi, functus, to perform.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1358
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1365
Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Nouns Frequency: #334
Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Verbs Frequency: #814
The numerical value of function in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of function in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
Deliberation is the function of many, action is the function of one.
I don't think it's the function of Congress to function well. It should drag its heels on the way to decision.
Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to continually struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope.
Every function of the human body declines 5% every 10 years, that’s brain function, heart function, liver function. The difference is when you sense it and when it hits the critical level where it decreases functioning for you.
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Translations for function
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- funció, funcionarCatalan, Valencian
- funkce, účelCzech
- funktion, virke, fungereDanish
- Funktion, Festveranstaltung, Funktionalität, Feier, Zweck, Aufgabe, fungieren, funzen, arbeiten, funktionieren, wirkenGerman
- λειτούργημα, διαδικασία, αποστολή, συνάρτηση, λειτουργία, καθήκον, δεξίωση, τελετή, λειτουργώ, λειτουργώ ως, εργάζομαιGreek
- funkcio, funkciiEsperanto
- cargo, función, fungir, funcionarSpanish
- tapahtuma, tarkoitus, tilaisuus, tehtävä, toimi, funktio, käyttäytyminen, toiminta, toiminto, käydä, toimia, käynnissäFinnish
- fonction, fonctionner, marcherFrench
- feidhm, feidhmighIrish
- פונקציה, אירוע, תפקיד, תפקד, פעלHebrew
- függvény, funkció, működikHungarian
- աշխատել, գործել, բանելArmenian
- cerimonia, funzione, ricevimento, funzionareItalian
- 機能, 関数, 職務, 動く, 作用する, 機能するJapanese
- 함수, 기능Korean
- کار, کاروبارKurdish
- functie, functioneren, fungeren, dienenDutch
- funksjon, post, stilling, tilstelning, tilstellingNorwegian
- funkcja, stanowisko, działać, funkcjonowaćPolish
- função, funcionarPortuguese
- funcție, funcționaRomanian
- funkcija, svrha, službaSerbo-Croatian
- subrutin, bjudning, uppgift, funktion, åliggande, förrättning, syssla, kall, tillställning, fungera, tjänstgöra, verkaSwedish
- fonksiyon, işlevTurkish
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