Meaning of “feature” in the English Dictionary

"feature" in British English

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featurenoun

uk /ˈfiː.tʃər/ us /ˈfiː.tʃɚ/

feature noun (QUALITY)

B2 [ C ] a typical quality or an important part of something:

The town's main features are its beautiful mosque and ancient marketplace.
Our latest model of phone has several new features.
A unique feature of these rock shelters was that they were dry.

[ C ] a part of a building or of an area of land:

a geographical feature
This tour includes the area's best-known natural features, including the Gullfoss waterfall.
The most striking feature of the house was a huge two-storey room running the entire width and height of the building.

B2 [ C usually plural ] one of the parts of someone's face that you notice when you look at them:

He has wonderful strong features.
regular (= even and attractive) features
Her eyes are her best feature.

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feature noun (ARTICLE)

C2 [ C ] a special article in a newspaper or magazine, or a part of a television or radio broadcast, that deals with a particular subject:

a double-page feature on global warming

feature noun (FILM)

[ C ] also feature film a film that is usually 90 or more minutes long

featureverb [ I + adv/prep, T ]

uk /ˈfiː.tʃər/ us /ˈfiː.tʃɚ/

(Definition of “feature” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"feature" in American English

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featurenoun [ C ]

us /ˈfi·tʃər/

feature noun [ C ] (CHARACTERISTIC)

a noticeable or important characteristic or part:

This car has excellent safety features.
She has fine, delicate features (= parts of the face).

feature noun [ C ] (NEWSPAPER/TELEVISION)

(in newspapers and magazines or on television) a special or important article or program, esp. one that gives details about something that is not part of the main news:

They're running a three-part feature on the city's child welfare agency.

A feature is also the main movie shown in a movie program.

featureverb [ T ]

us /ˈfi·tʃər/

feature verb [ T ] (SHOW)

to show or advertise someone or something as the most important or most obvious part:

Tonight’s program features some outstanding performers.

(Definition of “feature” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"feature" in Business English

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featurenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfiːtʃər/ us

something that makes a product, machine, or system different, and usually better, than others of a similar type:

The new smart phone has all the features of existing models, plus added extras.
innovative design features
added/additional features The wireless network consists of a standard wireless infrastructrure, plus added features such as the ability to control the allocation of bandwidth.
innovative/new feature With every software update come new features to protect users, including parental controls and spam filtering.
safety/security feature Several safety features, for example, airbags, seat belts, and child seats, were tested.
distinctive/distinguishing feature A distinguishing feature of Mexico's industrial structure is the large proportion of small businesses vis a vis large companies.
important/key feature Reliability is the key feature of all our products.
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featureverb

uk /ˈfiːtʃər/ us

[ T ] to include something as part of a product, machine, or system, especially something that makes it better than others of a similar type:

[ I ] to be included as part of something such as a plan, calculation, etc.; figure:

feature in sth Wind farms, solar power, and other sources of renewable energy must now feature in the environment policy of all responsible governments.

(Definition of “feature” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)