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verb [intransitive] function pronunciation in British English /ˈfʌŋkʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefunctioning
past tensefunctioned
past participlefunctioned
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  1. 1
    to work or operate in the correct or normal way
    His new kidney began functioning immediately.
    a functioning communications system
    1. a.
      to work or operate in a particular way
      We need to get this department functioning efficiently.
  2. 2
    to operate in the same way as something else
    function as: a phrase that functions as an adverb
  3. 3
    to do all the things that you normally do
    Some patients cannot function without their drugs.
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