function

function
func|tion1 W1S3 [ˈfʌŋkʃən] n
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: functio, from fungi 'to perform']
1.) [U and C]
the purpose that something has, or the job that someone or something does
perform/fulfil a function
In your new job you will perform a variety of functions.
The church fulfils a valuable social function.
The nervous system regulates our bodily functions (=eating, breathing, going to the toilet etc) .
Bauhaus architects thought that function was more important than form.
2.)
a large party or official event
This room may be hired for weddings and other functions.
3.) [C usually singular] technical
a quantity or quality whose value changes according to another quantity or quality that is related to it
The degree of drought is largely a function of temperature and drainage.
4.)
one of the basic operations performed by a computer
function 2
function2 v
1.) to work in the correct or intended way
function normally/correctly/properly etc
Flights in and out of Taipei are functioning normally again.
Her legs have now ceased to function .
You know I can't function (=cannot perform normal activities) without a coffee in the morning.
2.) if something functions in a particular way, it works in that way
an understanding of how the economy functions
function as [function as sth] [i]phr v
if something functions as a particular thing, it does what that type of thing normally does, or is used as that thing
A library is functioning as a temporary hospital to cope with casualties.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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