From Middle French function, from Old French fonction, from Latin functionem, accusative of functiō (“performance, execution”), from functus perfect participle of fungor (“I perform, I execute, I discharge”).
function (plural functions)
- What something does or is used for.
- A professional or official position.
- An official or social occasion.
- A relation where one thing is dependent on another for its existence, value, or significance.
- (mathematics) A relation in which each element of the domain is associated with exactly one element of the codomain.
- (computing) A routine that receives zero or more arguments and may return a result.
- (biology) The physiological activity of an organ or body part.
- (chemistry) The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.
- (anthropology) The role of a social practice in the continued existence of the group.
- (what something does or is used for): aim, intention, purpose, role, use
- (professional or official position): occupation, office, part, role
- (official or social occasion): affair, occasion, social occasion, social function
- (analysis: many-to-one relation): many-to-one map, many-to-one mapping, mathematical function, operation, transformation
- (computing: routine that returns a result): procedure, routine, subprogram, subroutine
terms derived from "function"
what something does or is used for
professional or official position
relation where one thing is dependent on another
mathematics: single-valued relation
computing: routine that returns a result
biology: physiological activity of an organ or body part
chemistry: characteristic behavior of a chemical compound
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function (third-person singular simple present functions, present participle functioning, simple past and past participle functioned)
- (intransitive) to have a function
- (intransitive) to carry on a function; to be in action
to carry on a function
- Armenian: գործել (hy) (gorcel), աշխատել (hy) (ašxatel), բանել (banel)
- Bulgarian: функционирам (bg) (funkcioniram)
- Catalan: funcionar (ca)
- Danish: fungere, virke
- Dutch: functioneren (nl)
- Esperanto: funkcii
- Finnish: käydä (fi), olla käynnissä, toimia (fi)
- French: fonctionner (fr), marcher (fr)
- German: funktionieren (de), arbeiten (de), wirken (de), (slang) funzen (de)
- Greek: λειτουργώ (el) (leitourgó), εργάζομαι (el) (ergázomai)
- Hebrew: תפקד (tifkéd), פעל (he) (pa'ál)