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"function" in British English

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functionnoun

uk   /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən/ 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 (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.

functionverb [I]

uk   /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən/ 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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(Definition of function from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"function" in American English

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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).
(Definition of function from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"function" in Business English

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functionnoun

uk   /ˈfʌŋkʃən/ us  
[C or U] the purpose that something has: The perfect marriage between product design and function account for the company’s success in the computer market. A fundamental function of the Bank of England is the responsibility of carrying out monetary policy operations.
[C or U] a job or task that someone or something does: My function is to help coordinate efficient communication between the departments. carry out/perform a function
[C] HR a particular area of responsibility of a company: a sales/marketing/business functioncore/corporate functions Of all the core functions of most companies, innovation has arguably the most competitive value.
[C] IT a process which a computer or a software program uses to complete a task: a search/save/sort function The website benefits from a highly-efficient search function.
[C] an official occasion or event attended by many people: a charity/social/work function
be a function of sth
if something is a function of something else, it is produced as the result of that thing or process: The increased availability of part-time jobs is a function of the structural changes in the labour market.

functionverb [I]

uk   /ˈfʌŋkʃən/ us  
to work correctly and as expected: function effectively/properly/well Flights were delayed because the airport computer system was not functioning.
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(Definition of function from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “function”
in Korean 기능…
in Arabic عَمَل, وَظيفة…
in Malaysian fungsi…
in French fonction…
in Russian функция, назначение, прием…
in Chinese (Traditional) 目的, 功能,用途, 職責…
in Italian funzione…
in Turkish işlev, büyük resmi davet/tören/parti…
in Polish funkcja, rola, uroczystość…
in Spanish función…
in Vietnamese chức năng…
in Portuguese função…
in Thai หน้าที่…
in German die Funktion…
in Catalan funció…
in Japanese 機能…
in Chinese (Simplified) 目的, 功能,用途, 职责…
in Indonesian fungsi…
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