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1 a social gathering
  • made a brief appearance at the annual holiday function

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2 an assignment at which one regularly works for pay
  • what's your function in this company?

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3 the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists
  • that machine's function is to sort bolts by size

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Synonyms of function (Entry 2 of 2)

to have a certain purpose
  • the heart functions as a pump for the blood

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function, office, duty, province mean the acts or operations expected of a person or thing. function implies a definite end or purpose or a particular kind of work. the function of language is two-fold: to communicate emotion and to give information — Aldous Huxley office is typically applied to the function or service associated with a trade or profession or a special relationship to others. they exercise the offices of the judge, the priest, the counsellor — W. E. Gladstone duty applies to a task or responsibility imposed by one's occupation, rank, status, or calling. it is the judicial duty of the court, to examine the whole case — R. B. Taney province applies to a function, office, or duty that naturally or logically falls to one. I felt it was not my province to inquire — Anne Brontë

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The first known use of function was in 1533

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“Function.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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