Meaning of “functional” in the English Dictionary

"functional" in English

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uk /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən.əl/ us /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən.əl/

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

"functional" in American English

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us /ˈfʌŋk·ʃə·nəl/

intended to be used; practical rather than attractive:

Our furniture isn’t very fancy, but it’s functional.
Is the plumbing functional yet (= does it work)?
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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uk /ˈfʌŋkʃənəl/ us

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 save time 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

The new business plan rendered the department's computers functionally obsolete.

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