func·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌfəŋ(k)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce functionality (audio) \
plural functionalities

Definition of functionality

: the quality or state of being functional a design that is admired both for its beauty and for its functionality especially : the set of functions or capabilities associated with computer software or hardware or an electronic device data management functionalities such as data integrity, security, recoverability and manageability — Josephine Cheng and Jane Xu

Examples of functionality in a Sentence

a design that is admired both for its beauty and for its functionality The cameras are comparable in price and functionality. a device with new functionalities
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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike traditional robot vacuums, smart models may come equipped with cameras and voice functionality that are ideal for people who enjoy having connected homes. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier," 25 June 2020 On top of the usual suite of Garmin’s features (fitness, weather, heart rate, etc.), this watch has a Trackback GPS functionality that lets wearers navigate back to a waypoint, like spike camp. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Outdoor Life Father’s Day Gift Guide," 1 June 2020 Also, while the Apple TV YouTube app did get 4K capability, Big Sur's Safari doesn't appear to have been updated to get the same functionality on YouTube. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The Apple TV is getting 4K YouTube, and Macs are getting 4K HDR Netflix," 30 June 2020 The $129 Restore, however, adds some functionality, including more complex routines for bedtime and waking up. Popular Science, "Trouble sleeping? This moon-shaped bedside light might help.," 8 June 2020 Combining smart functionality, powerful suction, adequate runtime and ease of use, the Jashen is a formidable opponent to muck and dust. Scott Simone, CNN Underscored, "The Jashen V16 vacuum is Dyson-like in power at half the price," 3 July 2020 Samsung more recently saw the South Korean government approve similar functionality in its watches, which run the company's own Tizen operating system. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "Qualcomm’s New Smartwatch Chips Promise a Boost for Wear OS," 30 June 2020 The more obvious one is that most people likely can't benefit from winfr (or other undelete applications) at all—the vast majority of modern systems store C on an SSD with TRIM functionality available. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Microsoft adds WINFR file undeletion tool to the Microsoft Store," 29 June 2020 National Geographic Society may provide access to the Genographic Genetic Information to third parties that provide services necessary for the functionality of the Geno 2.0 Next Gen Helix Product. National Geographic, "The Genographic Project® Geno 2.0 Next Generation Helix Product Privacy Policy," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of functionality

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Functionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of functionality

: the quality of having a practical use : the quality of being functional
: the particular use or set of uses for which something is designed

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