Function - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfʌŋkʃn|  American pronunciation of the word function
Brit.  |ˈfʌŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word function


- (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) (syn: map, mapping)
- what something is used for (syn: purpose, role, use)
the function of an auger is to bore holes
- the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group (syn: office, part, role)
the function of a teacher
- a relation such that one thing is dependent on another
height is a function of age
price is a function of supply and demand
- a formal or official social gathering or ceremony
it was a black-tie function
- a vaguely specified social event (syn: affair, occasion)
a seemingly endless round of social functions
- a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program (syn: procedure, routine)


- perform as expected when applied (syn: go, operate, run, work)
- serve a purpose, role, or function (syn: serve)
The table functions as a desk
- perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function (syn: officiate)

Extra examples

The function of the heart is to pump blood through the body.

He believes that the true function of art is to tell the truth.

What functions do these programs fulfill?

Infants learning to control their bodily functions

The instrument is chiefly used to measure and record heart function.

The design achieves a perfect blend of form and function.

His job combines the functions of a manager and a worker.

Her chief function is to provide expert legal advice.

They went to several functions during their college reunion weekend.

The new machine functions well.

His bad health has prevented him from being able to function effectively in recent weeks.

Her heart now seems to be functioning normally.

The computer network is not yet fully functioning.

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

Height is a function of age.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: function
he/she/it: functions
present participle: functioning
past tense: functioned
past participle: functioned
singular: function
plural: functions
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