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function word

noun

linguistics : a word (such as a preposition or a conjunction) that is used mainly to show grammatical relationships between other words

Full Definition of FUNCTION WORD

:  a word (as a preposition, auxiliary verb, or conjunction) that expresses primarily a grammatical relationship

First Known Use of FUNCTION WORD

1940

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