|1.||[ noun ] (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set|
|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|
"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|
"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"
|8.||[ noun ] a formal or official social gathering or ceremony|
"it was a black-tie function"
|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|