# Definitions and Synonyms of *function* | Another word for *function* | What is *function? *

*Definition 1: the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group - [noun denoting act]*

*Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*the function of a teacher**the government must do its part**play its role*

*Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition*

*(**function* is a kind of ...) work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

*function*is a kind of ...) work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

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*"the duties of the job"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) a specified function

*"he was employed in the capacity of director"**"he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) an informal term for a person's role

*"he took off his politician's hat and talked frankly"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) the role of the head of a government department

*"he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

*"can you go in my stead?"**"took his place"**"in lieu of"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) a secondary role or function

*"he hated to play second fiddle to anyone"**Definition 2: what something is used for - [noun denoting attribute]*

*Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*the function of an auger is to bore holes**ballet is beautiful but what use is it?*

*Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition*

*(**function* is a kind of ...) the quality of being of practical use

*function*is a kind of ...) the quality of being of practical use

*(... is a kind of **function* ) the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

*function*) the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

*(... are attributes of **function*) designed for or capable of a particular function or use

*function*) designed for or capable of a particular function or use

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*"a style of writing in which every word is functional"**"functional architecture"*### (... are attributes of *function*) not having or performing a function

*Definition 3: a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program - [noun denoting communication]*

*Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition*

*(**function* is a kind of ...) (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory

*function*is a kind of ...) (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory

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*"the market for software is expected to expand"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) a routine that provides a chronological record of the execution of a computer program

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a routine that coordinates the operation of subroutines

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a routine that can be loaded once and executed repeatedly

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a routine that can call itself

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a routine designed to yield a random number

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a debugged routine that is maintained in a program library

### (... is a kind of *function* ) an alternative to the normal procedure; triggered if an unusual but anticipated situation arises

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a set of control statements that have been placed in a library and can be retrieved by name

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a routine that can be used as needed

### (... is part of *function*) (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute

*"the program required several hundred lines of code"**Definition 4: a vaguely specified social event - [noun denoting event]*

*Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*the party was quite an affair**an occasion arranged to honor the president**a seemingly endless round of social functions*

*Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition*

*(**function* is a kind of ...) an event characteristic of persons forming groups

*function*is a kind of ...) an event characteristic of persons forming groups

*(... is a kind of **function* ) an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

*function*) an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

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*"he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a formal event performed on a special occasion

*"a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) a social function that is held for the purpose of raising money

### (... is a kind of *function* ) an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed

### (... is a kind of *function* ) an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home (especially as a party for children)

*Definition 5: a formal or official social gathering or ceremony - [noun denoting group]*

*Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*it was a black-tie function*

*(**function* is a kind of ...) a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship

*function*is a kind of ...) a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship

*Definition 6: (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) - [noun denoting linkdef]*

*Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition*

*(**function* is a kind of ...) a relation between mathematical expressions (such as equality or inequality)

*function*is a kind of ...) a relation between mathematical expressions (such as equality or inequality)

*(... is a kind of **function* ) a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms

*function*) a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms

*(... is a kind of **function* ) a function that takes the value 1 if a specified function of the arguments exceeds a given threshold and 0 otherwise

*function*) a function that takes the value 1 if a specified function of the arguments exceeds a given threshold and 0 otherwise

*(... is a kind of **function* ) function of an angle expressed as a ratio of the length of the sides of right-angled triangle containing the angle

*function*) function of an angle expressed as a ratio of the length of the sides of right-angled triangle containing the angle

*(... is a kind of **function* ) (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation

*function*) (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation

*(... is a kind of **function* ) a one-to-one mapping of one metric space into another metric space that preserves the distances between each pair of points

*function*) a one-to-one mapping of one metric space into another metric space that preserves the distances between each pair of points

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*"the isometries of the cube"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a function of two variables i and j that equals 1 when i=j and equals 0 otherwise

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a function obtained by expressing the dependent variable of one function as the independent variable of another; f and g are inverse functions if f(x)=y and g(y)=x

### (... is a kind of *function* ) a function expressed as a sum or product of terms

*"the expansion of (a+b)^2 is a^2 + 2ab + b^2"*### (... is a kind of *function* ) a function in which an independent variable appears as an exponent

*(function* belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

## Definition 7: a relation such that one thing is dependent on another - [noun denoting linkdef]

### Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*height is a function of age**price is a function of supply and demand*

### (*function* is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

## Definition 8: perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function - [verb of competition]

### Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*His wife officiated as his private secretary*

### Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition

### (*function* is a kind of ...) do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

*"He served as head of the department for three years"*

*"She served in Congress for two terms"*

## Definition 9: perform as expected when applied - [verb of contact]

### Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*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*

### Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition

### (... is a kind of *function* ) do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions

*"She doubles as his wife and secretary"*

### (... is a kind of *function* ) begin operating or running

*"The cameras were rolling"*

*"The presses are already rolling"*

### (*function* has a similar meaning as ...) be operating, running or functioning

*"The car is still running--turn it off!"*

### (... is a kind of *function* ) function as a cutting instrument

*"This knife cuts well"*

### (... is a kind of *function* ) be used by; as of a utility

*"The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"*

*"The garage served to shelter his horses"*

### (*function* has a similar meaning as ...) operate in or through

*"Work the phones"*

## Definition 10: serve a purpose, role, or function - [verb of stative]

### Samples where function or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*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*

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### (*function* is a kind of ...) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

*"A few words would answer"*

*"This car suits my purpose well"*

*"Will $100 do?"*

*"A `B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"*

*"Nothing else will serve"*

### (... is a kind of *function* ) serve as a prelude or opening to

### (... is a kind of *function* ) function as or act like

*"This heap of stones will act as a barrier"*

### (*function* has a similar meaning as ...) be used by; as of a utility

*"The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"*

*"The garage served to shelter his horses"*