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as in: can't function well without sleep Define
work or operate -- sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
  • He never met a classmate in the hall of Main Medical without shouting, "How’s your vermiform appendix functioning this morning?" or "I bid thee a lofty greeting, old pediculosis."
  • Are we too sure, when we regard these oh, most unbeautiful young students attending Y.M.C.A.’s and singing dinkle-songs and wearing hats with initials burned into them—iss it worth while to protect them from the so elegantly functioning Bacillus typhosus with its lovely flagella?

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  • I don’t function well on less than six hours of sleep a night; and I do best on nine.
  • My brain does not function as well when I’m under stress.

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  • We’re working on the localization of brain functions.
  • The results obtained from this quantitative study permit the statement that the percentage of inactivation, as measured by determining the units of bacteriophage remaining after irradiation by gamma and beta rays of a suspension of fixed virulence, is a function of the two variables, nillicuries and hours.

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as in: Its main function is to... Define
purpose, job, or natural activity
as in: can't function well without sleep Define
work or operate -- sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
as in: I'm attending a function tonight Define
a social event or ceremony -- especially one attended for work or out of a sense of duty
as in: oxygen is a function of altitude Define
saying one results from another; or saying that the amount of one thing is dependent upon the value of another.
as in: Amazon's new search function Define
computer code that performs a specific task
as in: a mathematical function Define
a formula or mathematical expression that describes a relationship between variables
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