English noun: function
|1.||function (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)|
|Synonyms||map, mapping, mathematical function, single-valued function|
|Broader (hypernym)||mathematical relation|
|Narrower (hyponym)||circular function, expansion, exponential, exponential function, inverse function, isometry, Kronecker delta, metric, metric function, multinomial, operator, polynomial, threshold function, transformation, trigonometric function|
|Domain category||math, mathematics, maths|
|2.||function (attribute) what something is used for|
|Samples||The function of an auger is to bore holes.|
Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?.
|Synonyms||purpose, role, use|
|Broader (hypernym)||usefulness, utility|
|Narrower (hyponym)||raison d'etre|
|3.||function (act) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group|
|Samples||The function of a teacher.|
The government must do its part.
Play its role.
|Synonyms||office, part, role|
|Narrower (hyponym)||capacity, hat, lieu, place, portfolio, position, second fiddle, stead|
|4.||function a relation such that one thing is dependent on another|
|Samples||Height is a function of age.|
Price is a function of supply and demand.
|5.||function (group) a formal or official social gathering or ceremony|
|Samples||It was a black-tie function.|
|Broader (hypernym)||social affair, social gathering|
|6.||function (event) a vaguely specified social event|
|Samples||The party was quite an affair.|
An occasion arranged to honor the president.
A seemingly endless round of social functions.
|Synonyms||affair, occasion, social function, social occasion|
|Broader (hypernym)||social event|
|Narrower (hyponym)||celebration, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, fundraiser, jubilation, observance, party, photo op, photo opportunity, sleepover|
|7.||function (communication) a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program|
|Synonyms||procedure, routine, subprogram, subroutine|
|Broader (hypernym)||computer software, package, software, software package, software program, software system|
|Narrower (hyponym)||cataloged procedure, contingency procedure, executive routine, library routine, random number generator, recursive routine, reusable routine, service routine, supervisory routine, tracing routine, utility routine|
|Part meronym||computer program, computer programme, program, programme|
English verb: function
|1.||function (contact) perform as expected when applied|
|Samples||The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in.|
Does this old car still run well?.
This old radio doesn't work anymore.
|Examples||These cars won't function|
|Synonyms||go, operate, run, work|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s|
|Narrower (hyponym)||cut, double, roll, run, serve, service|
|Verb group||run, work|
|2.||function (stative) serve a purpose, role, or function|
|Samples||The tree stump serves as a table.|
The female students served as a control group.
This table would serve very well.
His freedom served him well.
The table functions as a desk.
|Pattern of use||Something ----s.|
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something
|Broader (hypernym)||answer, do, serve, suffice|
|Narrower (hyponym)||act as, prelude|
|Verb group||serve, service|
|3.||function (competition) perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function|
|Samples||His wife officiated as his private secretary.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s.|
Somebody ----s PP