Meaning of “feature” in the English Dictionary

"feature" in English

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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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featureverb [ I + adv/prep, T ]

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

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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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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)

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I would point out that, as is well known, the agreement makes respect for human rights an essential feature forming the basis of the parties' external and internal policies.
Only when they contain substances or compounds which do not feature on the extensive list must the manufacturer prove that they are safe.
I do not know if you included this under tax evasion; it does not feature in your document at any rate.
The name 'made with concentrate' or 'partially made with concentrate' should then feature directly under the name, in sufficiently large type to ensure that consumers are informed.
The label must also feature a free telephone number for a body which the smoker can call to ask what dangers his habit involves.
A central feature of the reform will therefore be a more rigorous process for tying the process of priority-setting into resource allocation under a system of activity-based management.
Rather than exerting even more pressure to bring about the opening up of markets, this would mean reducing the pressure, which has become a permanent feature.
The overriding feature of the budget of any federal state – which is increasingly what we want our budget to be – must be its redistributive function.
Another important feature of the proposal concerns derogations for those surfactants that pass the old biodegradability tests, but fail the new tests.
The most striking feature of current agricultural policy is that it is no longer based on price support, but rather on income support - the integrated administration and control system.