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Definition of Function


  1. The act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; per formance.
  2. The appropriate action of any special organ or part of an animal or vegetable organism; as, the function of the heart or the limbs; the function of leaves, sap, roots, etc.; life is the sum of the functions of the various organs and parts of the body.
  3. The natural or assigned action of any power or faculty, as of the soul, or of the intellect; the exertion of an energy of some determinate kind.
  4. The course of action which peculiarly pertains to any public officer in church or state; the activity appropriate to any business or profession.
  5. A quantity so connected with another quantity, that if any alteration be made in the latter there will be a consequent alteration in the former. Each quantity is said to be a function of the other. Thus, the circumference of a circle is a function of the diameter. If x be a symbol to which different numerical values can be assigned, such expressions as x2, 3x, Log. x, and Sin. x, are all functions of x.
  6. Alt. of Functionate
  7. A religious ceremony, esp. one particularly impressive and elaborate.
  8. A public or social ceremony or gathering; a festivity or entertainment, esp. one somewhat formal.

Function Quotations

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Winston Churchill

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Success is not a function of the size of your title but the richness of your contribution.
Robin S. Sharma

A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don't function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.
Brene Brown
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Function Translations

function in Afrikaans is funksie, loop, werk
function in Danish is embede
function in Dutch is functioneren, het doen
function in Finnish is toimia, virka
function in French is fonctionnent, fonctionnez, charge, emploi
function in German is Funktion, Funktion, funktionieren
function in Italian is funzionare, posizione, impiego, funzione
function in Latin is munus
function in Norwegian is funksjon, fungere, oppgave
function in Swedish is funktion
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