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Definition of function verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

function

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they function
BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃn//
 
he / she / it functions
BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃnz//
 
past simple functioned
BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃnd//
 
past participle functioned
BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃnd//
 
-ing form functioning
BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃnɪŋ//
 
 
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 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (rather formal) to work in the correct way synonym operate Despite the power cuts, the hospital continued to function normally. We now have a functioning shower. Many children can't function effectively in large classes. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French fonction, from Latin functio(n-), from fungi ‘perform’.Extra examples All the instruments were functioning normally. Can we devise a system in which judges function independently of party politics? I can’t function properly without a coffee. My brain could barely function through the pain. Problems arise when the body’s immune system is not functioning adequately. The bombs continued to fall, but somehow the city still functioned. The group has now become a fully functioning political organization. The organization functions primarily through volunteer efforts. This model does not describe accurately the way a market economy actually functions. When nutrients are in short supply the body cannot function normally. a system in which judges function independently of politics Many children can’t function effectively in large classes. Phrasal Verbsfunction as somebody
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