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function
used in The Adventures of Augie March

11 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
can't function well without sleep
Definition
work or operate — sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
  • Einhorn was a cripple who didn't have the use of either, not even partial; only his hands still functioned, and they weren't strong enough to drive a wheel chair.
    Chapter 5 (3% in)

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  • And there's even an attitude of mind which finds it almost disgusting to be a person and not a function.
    Chapter 26 (11% in)
  • But it was only one function of hundreds, some even more menial, more personal, others calling for cleverness and training—secretary, deputy, agent, companion.
    Chapter 5 (18% in)
  • In the nature of the case it couldn't be avoided; and if you were going to prepare impoverished young folks for difficult functions, or if merely you were going to keep them out of trouble by having them read books, there were going to be some remarkable results begotten out of the mass.
    Chapter 8 (4% in)
  • The eyes, however, trained so they were foreign to anything but their long-time function, they had no personal regard.
    Chapter 9 (93% in)
  • I noticed how quick his fingers were, in and out of his vest pockets where many of his functions started.
    Chapter 16 (20% in)
  • Or go die in one subdivided role or another, with one or two thoughts, these narrow, persistent ideas of your function.
    Chapter 21 (64% in)
  • Well, never mind about Ozymandias now being just trunkless legs; in his day the humble had to live in his shadow, and so do we live under shadow, with acts of faith in functioning of inventions, as up in the stratosphere, down in the subway, crossing bridges, going through tunnels, rising and falling in elevators where our safety is given in keeping.
    Chapter 22 (15% in)
  • Boredom therefore can arise from the cessation of habitual functions, even though these may be boring too.
    Chapter 25 (65% in)
  • Now instead of such comparison you think, Let's see it instead not even as the grass but as a band of particles, a universal shawl of them, and these particles may have functions but certainly lack fates.
    Chapter 26 (11% in)
  • For which a function is a substitution of a deeper despair.
    Chapter 26 (11% in)

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