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War and Peace
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unspecified meaning
  • Her life had no external aims—only a need to exercise her various functions and inclinations was apparent.
  • She did these things not under any external impulse as people in the full vigor of life do, when behind the purpose for which they strive that of exercising their functions remains unnoticed.

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as in: Its main function is to... Define
purpose, job, or natural activity
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work or operate -- sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
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a social event or ceremony -- especially one attended for work or out of a sense of duty
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saying one results from another; or saying that the amount of one thing is dependent upon the value of another.
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computer code that performs a specific task
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a formula or mathematical expression that describes a relationship between variables
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