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These traditional tools are both functional and attractive.
the highly functional arrangement of the control panel
a house filled with functional furniture
The new hospital isn't fully functional as yet but should be very soon.
structural and functional descriptions of language
A purely functional view of an organization doesn't work any more.
The author sees sports events as functional to society.
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a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job
a horn that is blown during some Jewish religious festivals
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Definition of functional from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.