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function
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The Giver
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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
  • And of course our community can’t function smoothly if people don’t use precise language.
    p.127.5

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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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as in: Its main function is to... Define
purpose, job, or natural activity
  • Without wisdom I could not fulfill my function of advising the Committee of Elders when they call upon me.
    p.111.2
  • Furniture was standard throughout the community: practical, sturdy, the function of each piece clearly defined.
    p.74.1

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  • The function of the lens of the eye is to focus light on the retina.
  • My brain does not function as well when I’m under stress.

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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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