a function of

idiom

1
: something (such as a quality or measurement) that is related to and changes with (something else)
Height is a function of age in children. It increases as their age increases.
2
: something that results from (something else)
His personal problems are a function of his drinking.

Examples of a function of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rapid adoption was in part a function of AI’s novelty—without initial interest, nothing can catch on. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 Even severe behaviors, like kicking or punching peers and teachers, can be a function of young children still figuring out how to regulate their emotions. Ariel Gilreath, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2024 Broadly speaking, a total solar eclipse is a function of a bit of cosmic serendipity: the sun is roughly 400 times bigger than the moon, but also 400 times further away, which means that the two disks appear to be about the same size in the sky. TIME, 28 Mar. 2024 That's a function of the complex closing procedures poll workers must complete before transporting ballots and other materials back to county election headquarters. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024 But Gimple and McDermott argue that the decline in viewership was more a function of changes in the way audiences consume television, particularly with the onslaught of streaming services, than creative shortcomings. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Its reemergence in America is not a function of the nation’s political divides, but of the disease’s global prevalence. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 That is both a function of the market’s timing (between Berlin and Cannes) and its geographical location. Patrick Frater, Variety, 10 Mar. 2024 Those huge jumps in the last two years were a function of both an increase in the fentanyl supply in the state, but also a more focused effort by CalGuard’s Counterdrug Task Force to target the drug. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2024

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“A function of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20function%20of. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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