Meaning of FUNCTION in English

FUNCTION

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

The ~ of something or someone is the useful thing that they do or are intended to do.

The main ~ of the merchant banks is to raise capital for industry.

= purpose, role

N-COUNT: with supp

2.

If a machine or system is ~ing, it is working or operating.

The authorities say the prison is now ~ing normally...

VERB: V

3.

If someone or something ~s as a particular thing, they do the work or fulfil the purpose of that thing.

On weekdays, one third of the room ~s as workspace.

VERB: V as n

4.

A ~ is a series of operations that a computer performs, for example when a single key or a combination of keys is pressed.

N-COUNT

5.

If you say that one thing is a ~ of another, you mean that its amount or nature depends on the other thing. (FORMAL)

Investment is a ~ of the interest rate.

N-COUNT: usu sing, N of n

6.

A ~ is a large formal dinner or party.

N-COUNT

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