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function

noun uk   us   /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən/

function noun (PURPOSE)

B2 [C] the natural purpose (of something) or the duty (of a person): The function of the veins is to carry blood to the heart. I'm not quite sure what my function is within the company. A thermostat performs the function of controlling temperature.
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function noun (CEREMONY)

C1 [C] an official ceremony or a formal social event, such as a party or a special meal, at which a lot of people are usually present: As a mayor, he has a lot of official functions to attend. I see her two or three times a year, usually at social functions.

function noun (WORK)

[U] the way in which something works or operates: It's a disease that affects the function of the nervous system. Studies suggest that regular intake of the vitamin significantly improves brain function.

function noun (COMPUTER)

[C] specialized computing a process that a computer or a computer program uses to complete a task: a search/save/sort function

function noun (RESULT)

a function of sth formal something that results from something else, or is the way it is because of something else: His success is a function of his having worked so hard. The low temperatures here are a function of the terrain as much as of the climate.

function noun (VALUE)

[C] specialized mathematics (in mathematics) a quantity whose value depends on another value and changes with that value: x is a function of y.

function

verb [I] uk   us   /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən/
to work or operate: You'll soon learn how the office functions. The television was functioning normally until yesterday. I'm so tired today, I can barely function.
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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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