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  Definition of Function
  1. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
  2. what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  3. a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
  4. a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
  5. a formal or official social gathering or ceremony; "it was a black-tie function"
  6. a relation such that one thing is dependent on another; "height is a function of age"; "price is a function of supply and demand"
  7. a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set
  8. perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; "His wife officiated as his private secretary"
  9. perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won''t go unless it''s plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn''t work anymore"
  10. serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves as a table"; "The female students served as a control group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom served him well"; "The table functions as a desk"
Similar Words: office, part, role, purpose, use, routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure, affair, occasion, social occasion, social function, mathematical function, officiate, work, operate, go, run, serve


Hyponyms: capacity, hat, portfolio, stead, position, place, lieu, second fiddle, raison d'etre, cataloged procedure, contingency procedure, library routine, random number generator, recursive routine, reusable routine, supervisory routine, executive routine, tracing routine, utility routine, service routine, party, celebration, jubilation, ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance, fundraiser, photo opportunity, photo op, sleepover, inverse function, Kronecker delta, metric function, metric, transformation, mapping, map, correspondence, operator, trigonometric function, circular function, threshold function, exponential, exponential function, double, roll, run, cut, service, serve, prelude, act as


Grouped Verbs: run, work, service, serve


Attributes: functional, nonfunctional


Part Meronyms: program, programme, computer program, computer programme


Derivational Morphology: officiate, serve, office, part, role, official, functionary, officiation, umpirage, officiating, refereeing, power, position, post, berth, spot, billet, place, situation, operation, functioning, performance, procedure, purpose, use


Language Translations:
Chinese: 函数   Croatian: funkcija  
Danish: fungere and funktion   Dutch: functie and functioneren  
Esperanto: funkcio   Estonian: funktsioon  
Finnish: funktio and käydä and tehtävä   French: fonction and fonctionner  
German: Funktion and funktionieren   Hungarian: függvény and funkció and működik  
Icelandic: fall   Ido: funciono  
Indonesian: fungsi   Irish: feidhm and feidhmigh  
Italian: funzionare and funzione   Japanese: 職務 and 関数 and 機能 and 機能する  
Korean: 기능 and 함수   Latin: functio  
Norwegian: funksjon and post   Polish: funkcja  
Portuguese: função   Romanian: funcţie and funcţiona  
Russian: функция   Spanish: función  
Swedish: förrättning and fungera and funktion   Thai: ฟังก์ชัน  
Ukrainian: ін'єкція   Urdu: عمل  
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