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Duncan described the function in a letter to Kellogg as the time of his young life.

But is there nothing to be said of the function of the imagination from the Greek side of the question?

For some reason it's very important to them that it continues to function.

Literature and art, at their noblest, function in that instinctive way.

Doubtless, too, he would be tired after his journey and disinclined for such a function.

Each part and its function will be described in this Chapter in detail.

The function of the exchange, therefore, is largely that of insurance.

Also the Indian loves a function; sad or glad, it matters little.

But it was not Calhoun's function to criticize when it could be avoided.

They even approved of Murgatroyd when Calhoun explained his function.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "proper work or purpose," from Middle French fonction (16c.) and directly from Latin functionem (nominative functio) "performance, execution," noun of action from functus, past participle of fungi "perform, execute, discharge," from PIE root *bheug- (2) "to use, enjoy" (see brook (v.)). Use in mathematics probably begun by Leibnitz (1692).

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