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function

func·tion

function

 
pronunciation:
fuhngk shn
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the purpose or role that an object or person fulfills or is suited for.
The function of a paper clip is to fasten things together.Listening to the confession of sins is one of the functions of a Catholic priest.
synonyms:
purpose, role, use
similar words:
activity, application, capacity, charge, duty, job, mission, niche, office, place, province, sphere, task
definition 2: a social or official gathering, usu. elaborate and formal.
He hates attending functions where he has to wear a tuxedo.
synonyms:
affair, event, occasion, reception
similar words:
banquet, celebration, festivity, fete, formal, gala, meeting, party
definition 3: a factor or quality that is dependent upon one or more other factors or qualities.
Sweetness is a function of the amount of sugar that is added.
synonyms:
factor
similar words:
consequence, contingency, product, result
definition 4: in grammar, part of speech or grammatical role.
This word's function in the sentence is that of a noun.
synonyms:
part of speech
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: functioned, functioning, functions
definition: to run or operate, esp. in a manner that is desired or considered normal.
The heart functions by pumping blood.He really can't function since his wife died.The city cannot function without electricity.I don't function well if I don't get enough sleep.
synonyms:
act, go, operate, run, work
similar words:
behave, cope, deal, perform, serve
derivations: functioning (adj.), functionless (adj.)
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Word Parts
The word function contains the following part:
funct Latin root that means perform