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functionnoun

 us   /ˈfʌŋk·ʃən/

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.

functionverb [I]

 us   /ˈfʌŋk·ʃən/

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 Arabic عَمَل, وَظيفة…
in Korean 기능…
in Malaysian fungsi…
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 Vietnamese chức năng…
in Spanish función…
in Portuguese função…
in Thai หน้าที่…
in German die Funktion…
in Catalan funció…
in Japanese 機能…
in Indonesian fungsi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 目的, 功能,用途, 职责…
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