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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

"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

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

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

"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

"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

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

"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

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)

(... is a kind of 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

(... 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

(... is a kind of 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

"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

Synonyms for function in the sense of this definition

(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"

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