1. [ noun ] (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set
Synonyms: mathematical_function
Related terms: mathematical_relation operator inverse_function exponential threshold_function mapping transformation trigonometric_function kronecker_delta metric mathematics
2. [ noun ] what something is used for
Synonyms: use purpose role

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

Related terms: utility raison_d'etre serve functional nonfunctional
3. [ verb ] perform as expected when applied
Synonyms: operate work run go

"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"

Related terms: malfunction service run double roll cut pan_out run work operation
4. [ noun ] the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
Synonyms: part role office

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

Related terms: duty stead capacity second_fiddle hat second_fiddle portfolio officiate
5. [ verb ] serve a purpose, role, or function
Synonyms: serve

"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"

Related terms: suffice act_as prelude service
6. [ verb ] (work) perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
Synonyms: officiate

"His wife officiated as his private secretary"

Related terms: serve office position umpirage office
7. [ noun ] a relation such that one thing is dependent on another

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

Related terms: relation
8. [ noun ] a formal or official social gathering or ceremony

"it was a black-tie function"

Related terms: social_gathering
9. [ noun ] a vaguely specified social event
Synonyms: occasion affair social_function social_occasion

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

Related terms: social_event party ceremony celebration fundraiser sleepover photo_op
10. [ noun ] (computer science) a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
Synonyms: routine procedure subprogram subroutine
Related terms: software contingency_procedure reusable_routine library_routine random_number_generator recursive_routine cataloged_procedure supervisory_routine tracing_routine utility_routine program
Similar spelling:   functional