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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The company plans to shut down all consumer functionality of Google+, effectively putting the final nail in the coffin of a product that was launched in 2011 to challenge Facebook and is widely seen as one of Google’s biggest failures. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Google is shutting down Google+, Facebook’s tone-deaf camera device," 9 Oct. 2018 But the straps on the 2.55, inspired by the functionality of soldiers’ gear, are near the top of the list of her brainchildren. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "What’s in Soo Joo Park’s Bag? And Stella Tennant’s? And Susie Lau’s? Find Out in Chanel’s New Podcast Series," 25 Mar. 2018 It’s rare today to find a guitar with totally unique functionality and design, especially one that isn’t a cheesy novelty. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Along with functionality, travelers value thoughtfulness second. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Plus Reveals the Amenities Travelers Really Care About," 28 Aug. 2018 And while its functionality is fairly straightforward, Gate’s founders are already thinking about how to build in biometric authentication—think fingerprints and facial recognition—in the not too distant future. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "App-controlled, video smart lock is like a personal doorman," 8 Oct. 2018 More than that, she's been snapped using the pockets, because functionality is so important. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Meghan Markle Wears So Many Dresses with Pockets," 4 Aug. 2018 Because who said functionality and coolness have to be mutually exclusive? Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Clear & Clear Quietly Launches C&C, Its New Millennial-Targeted Skin-Care Line," 21 July 2018 Floating shelves add functionality without detracting from the look of the tile. Lisa Selin Davis, WSJ, "The Kitchen’s New Design Darling: Cement Tile," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of functionality

1836, in the meaning defined above

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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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