func|tion1 [ `fʌŋkʃən ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the job that something is designed to do:
The function of advertising is to create a unique image for your company.
perform a function: All the backup systems performed their function flawlessly.
a ) count someone's job or particular responsibility:
a manager's supervisory functions
b ) count or uncount something that happens in your body or something that a part of you body does:
He has no muscle function in his upper arms.
Free radicals have the ability to disrupt bodily functions.
c ) count COMPUTING the purpose of a computer program or piece of computer equipment:
accounting/spreadsheet functions
d ) count COMPUTING a single basic operation performed by a computer
2. ) count a social event such as a party, especially one for a large number of people:
I sometimes attend official functions with my wife.
a function of something
1. ) the result of a change in something:
Decreased gas mileage is largely a function of today's bigger engines.
2. ) TECHNICAL in mathematics, if one quantity is a function of another, it changes according to how the second quantity changes
func|tion 2 [ `fʌŋkʃən ] verb intransitive **
1. ) to work or operate in the correct way:
His new kidney began functioning immediately.
a functioning communications system
a ) to work or operate in a particular way:
We need to get this department functioning efficiently.
2. ) to do all the things that you normally do:
Some patients cannot function without their drugs.
3. ) function as to operate in the same way as something else:
a phrase that functions as an adverb

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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