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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This model is somewhat better than the popular Duo model and comes with extra features, including built-in cake making and egg cooking functionality. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon Prime Day deals you can get this Friday," 5 July 2019 Google released most of the code behind Chrome as a free, open-source resource called Chromium, a foundation others can use to make browsers with similar functionality. David Ingram, NBC News, "Privacy-first browsers look to take the shine off Google's Chrome," 5 July 2019 In both cases, the functionality offered can help reduce driver distraction and make driving easier. Washington Post, "Edmunds weighs pros and cons of in-car personal assistants," 3 July 2019 The circuit courthouse was identified as the top priority for upgrades to improve functionality in a 2015 independent analysis of countywide facilities. Erika Butler,, "Office Street entrance to Harford courthouse reopens; Courtland side closed until September," 2 July 2019 WeChat in China, Line in Thailand and KakaoTalk in South Korea combine messaging functionality like text and video with the features of Uber, Google Maps and Apple Pay — maps, ride-sharing technology and cashless payment options — among many others. New York Times, "The Apps You Need for Smarter Travel in Asia," 2 July 2019 Every new device Apple has released in the last year is a cash grab in exchange for no new functionality. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Apple monitor stand that costs more than an iPhone sparks online uproar," 5 June 2019 Enter: this smart TV that comes with built-in streaming functionality. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 7 best deals you can get this Tuesday," 25 June 2019 Others have limited functionality, because button after button came loose in the laundry. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, "Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes," 15 June 2019

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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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