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1‘the main function of the machine’
purpose, task, use, role
reason, basis, justification
2‘the committee's function is to arrange social activities’
responsibility, duty, concern, province, aim, activity, assignment, obligation, charge
task, chore, job, role, errand, mission, detail, undertaking, commission
capacity, post, situation, office, occupation, employment, business, operation
informal thing, bag, line of country, pigeon
3‘casualties are a function of war’
consequence, result, outcome, ramification, corollary, concomitant
4‘he was obliged to attend political functions’
social event, party, occasion, social occasion, affair, gathering, reception, soirée, celebration, jamboree, gala
North American levee
informal do, bash, shindig, shindy, blowout
British informal rave-up, thrash, knees-up, jolly, beanfeast, bunfight, beano, lig
1‘if we unplug a TV set, it ceases to function’
work, go, run, be in running order, be in working order, operate, perform, be in action, be operative
2‘the museum intends to function as an educational and study centre’
serve, act, operate, perform, work, behave
do the job of, have the job of, play the role of, act the part of, perform the function of, do duty as, constitute, form
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