Definition of function word noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


function word

BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃn wɜːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃn wɜːrd//
(also functor) (grammar)
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a word that is important to the grammar of a sentence rather than its meaning, for example ‘do’ in ‘we do not live here’ compare content word
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