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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FUNCTIONS

It must value men as men, not as functions of a chain of conventionalities.

Herr Pastor has other functions than to preach to the living.

Did the Mercier Government, then, confess that it had abdicated its functions?

And yet it is different, more formal, with functions better defined.

Because all these are the functions of a healthy, natural life.

The first of the three functions of fancy.depending on his knowledge and experience.

What an astounding thing this is, to find one of the most important of all functions annihilated by mere imprisonment!

I resumed my functions about the Queen on the 1st of September, 1791.

But he is not endowed with the functions of sex until he is about fourteen years old.

Are not these functions proper to the soul, and can they rightly be assigned to any other?

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).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.