function meaning

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function verb
1. perform as expected when applied
Related: work, operate, go, run
Antonyms: malfunction
  • "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"
function noun
1. (mathematical_relation) (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)
Related: mathematical_function, single-valued_function, map, mapping
2. (utility) what something is used for
Related: purpose, role, use
  • "the function of an auger is to bore holes"
  • "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
3. (duty) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
Related: office, part, role
  • "the function of a teacher"
  • "the government must do its part"
  • "play its role"
4. (relation) a relation such that one thing is dependent on another
  • "height is a function of age"
  • "price is a function of supply and demand"
5. (social_gathering) a formal or official social gathering or ceremony
  • "it was a black-tie function"
serve verb
1. (suffice) serve a purpose, role, or function
Related: 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"
routine noun
1. (software) a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
Related: subroutine, subprogram, procedure, function
affair noun
1. (social_event) a vaguely specified social event
Related: occasion, social_occasion, function, social_function
  • "the party was quite an affair"
  • "an occasion arranged to honor the president"
  • "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
officiate verb
1. (serve) perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
Related: function
  • "His wife officiated as his private secretary"
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