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
Examples of function in a Sentence
The function of the heart is to pump blood through the body.
He believes that the true function of art is to tell the truth.
What functions do these programs fulfill?
infants learning to control their bodily functions
The instrument is chiefly used to measure and record heart function.
The design achieves a perfect blend of form and function.
His job combines the functions of a manager and a worker.
Her chief function is to provide expert legal advice.
They went to several functions during their college reunion weekend. Verb
The new machine functions well.
His bad health has prevented him from being able to function effectively in recent weeks.
Her heart now seems to be functioning normally.
The computer network is not yet fully functioning. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Another handy feature is the Minimum Preload function, which was an extra on the V4 S.—Peter Jackson, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2023 Bardia—a mechanical engineer who spent his earlier career building armored cars, limousines, and race cars—said the self-cleaning function boosts the tower’s electrical performance by 38 percent.—IEEE Spectrum, 20 Sep. 2023 The prospect is particularly enticing for marketing and communications, given that a majority of executives who oversee these functions see content production as one of the most valuable applications of generative artificial intelligence.—Joshua Ben Rosen, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2023 With that in mind, this grade of performance drop might be acceptable, but this isn't the Ally's primary function.—PCMAG, 18 Sep. 2023 The house also holds Stephen’s writing archives, and a guest house on the property functions as a retreat for working writers.—Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 17 Sep. 2023 Many of the technologies now support basic functions across San Diego.—Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 These aesthetic gestures serve a narrative function: Emelie and Navied’s environmental isolation matches their social anxiety about being an interracial couple in a homogeneously White town.—Kay Sohini, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Putting a price on carbon, specifically through the business travel function, is a smart way to navigate this transition and help future-proof businesses.—Nora Lovell Marchant, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2023
The street once functioned as the demarcating line around the Jewish Ghetto, in which the Jewish community of Rome was forced to live by papal decree from 1555 to 1849.—Jessica Carbone, Saveur, 21 Sep. 2023 The legislation would also require Congress to revert to prior spending levels in the case of a shutdown to ensure federal agencies can still function.—Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 20 Sep. 2023 What exactly would a work requirement be, and how would that function in practice?—Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2023 Mineral wool insulation also functions as a fire barrier — addressing another environmental concern in California.—Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 In the United States, immigrant neighborhoods have typically functioned as liminal spaces, way stations for nascent Americans en route to a less conspicuous life.—Ligaya Mishan David Chow, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 There are distinct echoes in Mathieu of Bill Murray’s movie-star-in-limbo character from Lost in Translation, with the massive spa hotel, its sterile white environments and sleek modern furnishings functioning in similarly alienating ways to the high-end Tokyo hotel in Sofia Coppola’s movie.—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2023 The space previously functioned as a children’s library at the Met.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Sep. 2023 Currently, Don Chepo works about four hours a day with his boxers, managing their sparring schedule and functioning more as an advisor.—Eduard Cauich, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Latin function-, functio performance, from fungi to perform; probably akin to Sanskrit bhuṅkte he enjoys