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Dictionary definition for: Function

1. (n) a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set

2. (v) perform as expected when applied; "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"

3. (n) what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes" "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

4. (v) 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"

5. (n) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher" "the government must do its part" "play its role"

6. (v) perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; "His wife officiated as his private secretary"

7. (n) 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. (n) a formal or official social gathering or ceremony; "it was a black-tie function"

9. (n) a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair" "an occasion arranged to honor the president" "a seemingly endless round of social functions"

10. (n) a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

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