feature

noun
fea·​ture | \ ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio) \

Essential Meaning of feature

1 : an interesting or important part, quality, ability, etc. This year's models include several new safety features. This camera has several features that make it easy to use. See More ExamplesThe car has some interesting new design features. His plan combines the best features of the earlier proposals.Hide
2 : a part of the face (such as the eyes, nose, or mouth) Her eyes are her best feature.
3 : a movie that is made to be shown in a theater for entertainment : a full-length movie Tonight's feature is a new romantic comedy. He starred in his first feature film a year ago. a feature-length motion picture [=a movie that is about two hours long]

Full Definition of feature

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1a : the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person a man of large feature
b obsolete : physical beauty
2a : the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts stern of feature even when he smiled
b : a part of the face : lineament a person with Asian features
3a : a prominent part or characteristic Pine trees were a feature of the landscape.
b : any of the properties (such as voice or gender) that are characteristic of a grammatical element (such as a phoneme or morpheme) especially : one that is distinctive
4 : a special attraction: such as
a : a featured motion picture
b : a featured article, story, or department in a newspaper or magazine An account of the fire was the feature in the Sunday newspaper.
c : something offered to the public or advertised as particularly attractive one of the car's most popular features

feature

verb
featured; featuring\ ˈfēch-​riŋ How to pronounce feature (audio) , ˈfē-​chər-​iŋ \

Definition of feature (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : to resemble in features
2 : to picture or portray in the mind : imagine
3a : to give special prominence to the exhibit features local artists
b : to have as a characteristic or feature a menu featuring many options

intransitive verb

: to play an important part

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Other Words from feature

Noun

featureless \ ˈfē-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce feature (audio) \ adjective

Examples of feature in a Sentence

Noun This year's models include several new safety features. This camera has several features that make it easy to use. The car has some interesting new design features. His plan combines the best features of the earlier proposals. Her eyes are her best feature. Tonight's feature is a new romantic comedy. He starred in his first feature film a year ago. Verb The building features a state-of-the-art security system. The new menu features several low-fat entrees. The show now features a new singer. The evening news report featured the story of the murder. The newspaper featured health care on its front page.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keeper Ashlyn Harris jogged all the way up the field to feature in the final play of the game, making a run into the box during a free-kick set piece to take the last shot of the night. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Oct. 2021 For the first time, the college football rankings feature five Big Ten Conference teams in the top 10. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 The most important feature: a global minimum tax of at least 15%, a key initiative pushed by U.S. President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. David Mchugh, ajc, 9 Oct. 2021 Often developed on large plots of land, many homes in Museum Hill feature stunning outdoor spaces, including walled courtyards, roof decks, or swimming pools. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 Christmas menus feature seven different soups and spaghetti with trout sauce. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 Other snaps in the post feature Morales hanging out with Federline, and two of their close friends. Ej Panaligan, Billboard, 7 Oct. 2021 The sleep-tracking feature, called Sleep Sense, uses the display's position an arm's length away from you to monitor your sleep and environmental conditions, as well as time in bed, via radar and sound. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 7 Oct. 2021 Her knockout debut feature, Raw, follows a veterinary student who develops a craving for uncooked flesh, mostly of the human variety. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The cast will also feature beloved fan favorites like Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer and Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara. Alejandra Gularte, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 SmackDown will also feature action from both The King of the Ring and the Queen’s Crown tournaments. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 Celebration Day will also feature the debut of the 2021 Inductee Exhibit inside the museum and conclude with fireworks that can be viewed from the Rock Hall’s plaza as well as various locations around downtown Cleveland. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2021 But that’s not all: In addition to the Beach Boys, the trip to Kokomo will also feature the Monkees, the Temptations, the Yacht Rock Revue, and, um, Mark McGrath. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 7 Oct. 2021 Several guides also feature a live stream with experts and influencers sharing insight on some of their top picks. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Hôtel Madame Rêve will also feature a fourth-floor roof terrace with 360-degree views of the city. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 3 Oct. 2021 Developers Cobalt Partners and La Macchia Holdings proposed the site could also feature space for businesses, restaurants and offices, and serve as the new home for the North Shore Library. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2021 The store will also feature fresh food and produce, groceries and national brands at low prices. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of feature

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1755, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for feature

Noun and Verb

Middle English feture, from Anglo-French, from Latin factura act of making, from factus, past participle of facere to make — more at do

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The first known use of feature was in the 14th century

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“Feature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for feature

feature

noun
fea·​ture | \ ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio) \

Kids Definition of feature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a part (as the nose or the mouth) of the face
2 : something especially noticeable a safety feature
4 : a special story in a newspaper or magazine

feature

verb
featured; featuring

Kids Definition of feature (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to have as a characteristic The TV features a flat screen.
2 : to give special prominence to The newspaper featured a story about the election.
3 : to play an important part A bus tour featured in our trip.

feature

noun
fea·​ture | \ ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio) \

Medical Definition of feature

1 : the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person
2a : the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts
b : a part of the face

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