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function
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Girl Interrupted
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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
  • Patient is functioning on a passive-aggressive personality, passive-dependent type.
  • Often there is considerable interference with social or occupational functioning.

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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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unspecified meaning
  • Isn’t it probably a number—an enormous number—of brain functions working in parallel?
  • They must reflect quite different aspects of brain function.

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  • The degree of personality integration and ego function which may be achieved for the long term is hard to predict.
  • It’s the reality-testing function," says the doctor.

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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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