Definition of feature in English:

feature

Syllabification: fea·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈfēCHər
 
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noun

1A distinctive attribute or aspect of something: safety features like dual air bags
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  • Standard safety features include dual stage driver and passenger air bags and active front head restraints.
  • They would restore the familiar and now beloved silhouette to the skyline, but would have different detailing and updated safety features.
  • A host of safety features, including 10 airbags, are also incorporated.
Synonyms
characteristic, attribute, quality, property, trait, hallmark, trademark; aspect, facet, factor, ingredient, component, element, theme; peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, quirk
informal X factor, wow factor
1.1 (usually features) A part of the face, such as the mouth or eyes, making a significant contribution to its overall appearance.
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  • Those who had any flaws in their facial features, waists, necks, shoulders or backs had to leave.
  • His mouth and facial features were twisted into a look of horror.
  • He had medium-length blonde hair, strong features, striking grey eyes.
Synonyms
face, countenance, physiognomy
informal mug, kisser
puss, pan
literary visage, lineaments
1.2 Linguistics A distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit, especially a speech sound or vocabulary item, that serves to distinguish it from others of the same type.
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  • Over time the status of linguistic features can change strikingly, too.
  • Linguists and language teachers often take account of the frequency of occurrence of linguistic items and features.
  • For my part, therefore, I am inclined to see features of both monosemy and polysemy in a word's semantic structure.
2A newspaper or magazine article or a broadcast program devoted to the treatment of a particular topic, typically at length: a feature on Detroit’s downtown fishery
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  • Her commercial work includes newspaper and magazine features and book covers.
  • To mark the launch, the BBC Nairobi team will be broadcasting special features and interviews live from Kisumu during the week.
  • There are supplements in newspapers and features on television programmes.
Synonyms
2.1 (also feature film) A full-length film intended as the main item in a movie theater program.
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  • The film took nearly five years to move from the first pages of a script to a full-length feature film.
  • There's no explanation there for what it is, though, and I was hoping it might turn out to be a short film, a feature film, even.
  • The film at times looks not like a feature film but like a commercial.
Synonyms
movie, film; director's cut; main show, main event
informal flick, pic

verb

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1Have as a prominent attribute or aspect: the hotel features a large lounge, a sauna, and a coin-operated solarium
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  • In New York, several new hotels feature works by prominent artists.
  • All of these editions feature introductions by prominent gay writers who reflect on the impact the books had on them.
  • Twenty years later, his house at Soham would feature a prominent framed picture of a jet fighter on a wall of the living room.
Synonyms
present, promote, make a feature of, give prominence to, focus attention on, spotlight, highlight
1.1Have as an important actor or participant: the film featured Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
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  • Kung-fu has become popular in many countries, primarily through films which feature martial arts stars.
  • It's a tough thing to try to do, seeing as any indie film is going to feature cool stars, cool music and a cool aesthetic.
  • And it'll also save the advertisers money, since they'll be able to feature a film star and cricketer rolled into one.
1.2 [no object] (often be featured) Be a significant characteristic of or take an important part in: this famous photograph is prominently featured in art collections
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  • All these subjects have much in common and might be grouped together as important features in a wildlife garden.
  • Despite her personal life having often featured in the tabloid newspapers, she felt there was still an important story to tell.
  • Here is a run-down on their qualities and, more importantly, their chances of featuring in the tournament.
Synonyms
star, appear, participate, play a part
1.3 [no object] Be apparent: women rarely feature in writing on land settlement
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  • Powerful women who provided both financial and emotional strength in these transient communities feature strongly in writings on the slums.
  • Even apart from the artists listed above, there is some amazing talent featured on this disc.
  • My photo is featured in newspaper.

Origin

late Middle English (originally denoting the form or proportions of the body, or a physical feature): from Old French faiture 'form', from Latin factura (see facture).

Derivatives

featured

adjective
[in combination]: fine-featured women

featureless

adjective
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  • I look forward to the flat, featureless days of January, February and March precisely because we have very little planned for them.
  • It shows featureless grey sky above almost featureless green steppe, which stretches right out to a distant, dead level horizon.
  • The images showed a broad, featureless plain, not the sort of place you'd want to find yourself without a lot of reading material.

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