Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “function”

See all translations

function

noun  /ˈfʌŋk·ʃən/ us  

function noun (PURPOSE)

[C/U] a purpose or duty, or the way something or someone works: [U] The function of the veins is to carry blood to the heart. [C] One of your functions as receptionist is to answer the phone.

function noun (MATHEMATICAL RELATIONSHIP)

mathematics [C] a relationship between two sets in which each part of the first set is connected with just one member of the second set in number pairs

function noun (CEREMONY)

[C] a social event or official ceremony: Morse went to the White House for a ceremonial function.

function

verb [I]  /ˈfʌŋk·ʃən/ us  

function verb [I] (PERFORM PURPOSE)

to perform the purpose of a particular thing, or to perform the duties of a particular person: She quickly learned how the office functions. I’m so tired today, I can barely function. Our spare bedroom also functions as a study (= is also used for that purpose).
Translations of “function”
in Korean 기능…
in Arabic عَمَل, وَظيفة…
in French fonction…
in Turkish işlev, büyük resmi davet/tören/parti…
in Italian funzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 目的, 功能,用途, 職責…
in Russian функция, назначение, прием…
in Polish funkcja, rola, uroczystość…
in Spanish función…
in Portuguese função…
in German die Funktion…
in Catalan funció…
in Japanese 機能…
in Chinese (Simplified) 目的, 功能,用途, 职责…
(Definition of function from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of function?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “function” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More