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Dictionary Definition

function

Noun

1 a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set [syn: mathematical function]
2 what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?" [syn: purpose, role, use]
3 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" [syn: office, part, role]
4 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 a formal or official social gathering or ceremony; "it was a black-tie function"
6 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" [syn: affair, occasion, social occasion, social function]
7 a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program [syn: routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure]

Verb

1 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" [syn: work, operate, go, run] [ant: malfunction]
2 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" [syn: serve]
3 perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; "His wife officiated as his private secretary" [syn: officiate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. What something does or is used for.
  2. A professional or official position.
  3. An official or social occasion.
  4. A relation where one thing is dependent on another for its existence, value, or significance.
  5. A relation in which each element of the domain is associated with exactly one element of the codomain.
  6. A routine that returns a result.
  7. The physiological activity of an organ or body part.
  8. The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.

Related terms

Derived terms

terms derived from "function"

Translations

what something does or is used for
  • Croatian: funkcija
  • Czech: funkce, účel
  • Danish: funktion
  • Dutch: functie
  • Finnish: tehtävä, tarkoitus
  • French: fonction
  • German: Funktion, Funktionalität
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: funkció
  • Irish: feidhm
  • Italian: funzione
  • Japanese: 機能 (kinō)
  • Korean: 기능
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Latin: functio
  • Norwegian: funksjon
  • Portuguese: função
  • Russian: функция
  • Swedish: funktion, uppgift
professional or official position
  • Croatian: funkcija
  • Czech: funkce
  • Danish: funktion
  • Dutch: functie
  • German: Funktion, Aufgabe
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: funkció
  • Irish: feidhm
  • Japanese: 職務 (shokumu)
  • Norwegian: post, stilling
  • Portuguese: função
  • Swedish: förrättning , kall , syssla , åliggande ,
official or social occasion
  • Finnish: juhla, tilaisuus
  • German: Funktion, Feier, Festveranstaltung
  • Hebrew:
  • Italian: cerimonia, funzione, ricevimento
  • Norwegian: tilstelling
  • Swedish: bjudning , tillställning
relation where one thing is dependent on another
  • Croatian: funkcija
  • Czech: funkce
  • Danish: funktion
  • Dutch: functie
  • Hebrew:
  • Italian: funzione
  • Norwegian: funksjon
  • Portuguese: função
  • Swedish: funktion
mathematics: one-to-one relation
  • Chinese: 函数
  • Croatian: funkcija
  • Czech: funkce
  • Danish: funktion
  • Dutch: functie
  • Esperanto: funkcio
  • Estonian: funktsioon
  • Finnish: funktio
  • French: fonction
  • German: Funktion
  • Greek, Modern: συνάρτηση
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: függvény
  • Icelandic: fall
  • Ido: funciono
  • Indonesian: fungsi
  • Irish: feidhm
  • Italian: funzione
  • Japanese: 関数 (kansū)
  • Korean: 함수
  • Norwegian: funksjon
  • Polish: funkcja
  • Portuguese: função
  • Romanian: funcţie
  • Russian: функция
  • Spanish: función
  • Swedish: funktion
  • Thai: ฟังก์ชัน
  • Ukrainian: ін'єкція
  • Urdu: عمل  کام  فعل
computing: routine that returns a result
  • Croatian: funkcija
  • Czech: funkce
  • Danish: funktion
  • Dutch: functie
  • Finnish: funktio
  • French: fonction
  • German: Funktion
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: függvény
  • Irish: feidhm
  • Italian: funzione
  • Japanese: 関数 (kansū)
  • Norwegian: funksjon
  • Portuguese: função
  • Swedish: funktion , subrutin
biology: physiological activity of an organ or body part
  • Croatian: funkcija
  • Czech: funkce
  • Dutch: functie
  • French: fonction
  • German: Funktion, Zweck
  • Irish: feidhm
  • Italian: funzione
  • Japanese: 機能 (kinō)
  • Norwegian: funksjon
  • Portuguese: função
  • Swedish: funktion
chemistry: characteristic behavior of a chemical compound
  • Croatian: funkcija
  • Dutch: functie
  • German: Funktion
  • Italian: funzione
  • Japanese: 機能 (kinō)
  • Swedish: funktion

Verb

  1. to have a function
  2. to carry on a function; to be in action

Translations

to have a function
to carry on a function
  • Danish: fungere, virke
  • Dutch: functioneren
  • Finnish: käydä (olla käynnissä)
  • French: fonctionner
  • German: funktionieren, arbeiten, wirken, funzen
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Hungarian: működik
  • Irish: feidhmigh
  • Italian: funzionare
  • Japanese: 機能する (kinō-suru)
  • Romanian: funcţiona
  • Swedish: fungera, tjänstgöra

Extensive Definition

Function may refer to:

See also

function in Bosnian: Funkcija (čvor)
function in Catalan: Funció
function in Czech: Funkce
function in German: Funktion
function in Estonian: Funktsioon
function in Spanish: Función
function in Esperanto: Funkcio
function in French: Fonction
function in Korean: 함수 (동음이의)
function in Italian: Funzione
function in Lithuanian: Funkcija
function in Lombard: Funziun
function in Dutch: Functie
function in Japanese: 関数
function in Norwegian: Funksjon
function in Polish: Funkcja (ujednoznacznienie)
function in Portuguese: Função (desambiguação)
function in Romanian: Funcţie (dezambiguizare)
function in Russian: Функция
function in Simple English: Function
function in Slovak: Funkcia
function in Slovenian: Funkcija (razločitev)
function in Swedish: Funktion (olika betydelser)
function in Thai: ฟังก์ชัน
function in Chinese: 函数 (消歧义)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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