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 This tool rivals the Theragun Pro (below) for power, functionality, and effectiveness, but runs quieter. Christine Yu, Outside Online, 2 June 2021 SUVs have always combined functionality and versatility while remaining vehicles for self-expression. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 2 June 2021 And while this clever maneuver may be familiar to power users or longtime iPhone users, there’s a good chance that most people simply aren’t aware of this functionality. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 28 May 2021 This functionality can be achieved with a two-tier system. Ragu Bhargava, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Beyond settling on a name, Netflix’s product designers also needed to nail down where in the user interface this new functionality would show up. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2021 To find the best fan for your needs, consider price, functionality, and size. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, 15 Apr. 2021 This eco-chic pan continues to woo shoppers because of its aesthetically pleasing tints, 8-in-1 cookware functionality, and non-stick sorcery. Alexandra Polk,, 13 Apr. 2021 Unveiled last month at Watches and Wonders Geneva, the Luminor Chrono Monopulsante GMT Blu Notte (PAM1135) from Panerai is a single pusher column-wheel chronograph with GMT functionality. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of functionality

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of functionality was in 1836

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14 Jun 2021

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“Functionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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