function ( functions plural & 3rd person present) ( functioning present participle) ( functioned past tense )
1 n-count The function of something or someone is the useful thing that they do or are intended to do.
The main function of the merchant banks is to raise capital for industry.
2 verb If a machine or system is functioning, it is working or operating.
The authorities say the prison is now functioning normally... V
3 verb If someone or something functionsas a particular thing, they do the work or fulfil the purpose of that thing.
On weekdays, one third of the room functions as workspace. V as n
4 n-count A function is a series of operations that a computer performs, for example when a single key or a combination of keys is pressed.
5 n-count If you say that one thing is afunctionof another, you mean that its amount or nature depends on the other thing.
FORMAL usu sing, N of n
Investment is a function of the interest rate.
6 n-count A function is a large formal dinner or party.
bodily function ( bodily functions plural ) A person's bodily functions are the normal physical processes that regularly occur in their body, particularly the ability to urinate and defecate. n-count
The child was not able to speak, walk properly or control bodily functions.
function key ( function keys plural ) Function keys are the keys along the top of a computer keyboard, usually numbered from F1 to F12. Each key is designed to make a particular thing happen when you press it. (COMPUTING) n-count
Just hit the F5 function key to send and receive your e-mails.