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as in:  Its main function is to...


The function of the lens of the eye is to focus light on the retina.
  purpose, job, or natural activity
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Function has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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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.
  • Scientist do not know all the functions that the nutrient performs.
  • This was the first time he had admitted the double function of the fire. Certainly one was to send up a beckoning column of smoke; but the other was to be a hearth now and a comfort until they slept.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • ...Present fears
    Are less than horrible imaginings.
    My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
    Shakes so my single state of man, that function
    Is smother’d in surmise; and nothing is
    But what is not.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • yet for the sake of science, i am grateful for the little bit that i here add to the knowledge of the function of the human mind and of the laws governing the artificial increase of human inteffigence.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • Without wisdom I could not fulfill my function of advising the Committee of Elders when they call upon me.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Simply, it was this: for good purposes, even high purposes, the people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any kind of disunity that might open it to destruction by material or ideological enemies.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Furniture was standard throughout the community: practical, sturdy, the function of each piece clearly defined.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • "gordon effect: a study of structure and function of increased intelligence," which i would like to have you read and have published.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
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