func·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌfəŋ(k)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē \
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 Nike x Ambush collection is rooted in mixing functionality with fashion through a decidedly cozy lens. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nike’s Ambush Collection Treats Style Like a Sport," 30 Nov. 2018 That was incorrect, as Bose recently launched two sound bars with similar functionality. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Fossil’s wristwatch style takes on smartwatch functionality in the new Sport Touchscreen Smartwatch. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Fossil Sport Touchscreen Smartwatch," 14 Nov. 2018 Basically, consumers expect vast functionality with zero learning curve. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Acura RDX: Have High-Tech Interfaces Gone Too Far?," 28 Sep. 2018 While some early examples of smart rings have already come and gone (namely, Ringly), a host of others are attempting to fuse functionality with fashion. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "The latest in tiny technology: smart rings let you hide the phone but see alerts, discreetly," 15 May 2018 Despite the fact that Cortana’s functionality lags behind the competition, Microsoft clearly still sees the voice assistant both as an important component of its own ecosystem and a means of linking its own services to competing voice assistants. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Cortana’s redesign is now available for iOS," 14 Nov. 2018 The new Neato app is well-designed and easy to use, and finally brings remote-control functionality to the Botvac line., The Seattle Times, "Hey, Alexa, which gadgets work the best with you?," 7 Nov. 2018 The sales pitch is bolstered by the monitor's HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C functionality. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dell's Enormous Curved Monitor Is Here to Bombard You With Screen," 15 Oct. 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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