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"functional" in British English

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functionaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən.əl/

functional adjective (USEFUL)

B2 designed to be ​practical and ​usefulrather than ​attractive: functional ​clothing

functional adjective (WORKING NORMALLY)

(of a ​machine, ​system, etc.) ​working in the ​usual way: Is the ​centralheating functional ​yet? performing a ​particularoperation: a functional ​disorder (= when an ​organ does not ​work as it should)
(Definition of functional from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"functional" in American English

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functionaladjective

 us   /ˈfʌŋk·ʃə·nəl/
intended to be used; ​practicalrather than ​attractive: Our ​furniture isn’t very ​fancy, but it’s functional. Is the ​plumbing functional ​yet (= does it ​work)?
functionally
adverb  /ˈfʌŋk·ʃə·nəl·i/
(Definition of functional from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"functional" in Business English

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functionaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfʌŋkʃənəl/
working in the expected or necessary way: The ​timeline is for the ​site to be fully functional in 18 months.
HR, WORKPLACE relating to the different ​areas of ​skill in a ​business: functional areas/departments/expertise Taxpayers will ​savetime and ​resources by ​dealing with one ​team rather than several different functional ​areas.
designed for a practical ​purpose rather than for the way something looks: highly functional but stylistically unremarkable ​designs
functionally
adverb
The new ​businessplanrendered the department's ​computers functionally ​obsolete.
(Definition of functional from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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