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feature

Line breaks: fea|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːtʃə
 
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Definition of feature in English:

noun

1A distinctive attribute or aspect of something: a well-appointed house with interesting decorative features one salient feature of the case has been overlooked
More example sentences
  • 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
aspect, facet, side, point, detail, factor, ingredient, component, constituent, element, theme;
peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, quirk, oddity
1.1 (usually features) A part of the face, such as the mouth or eyes, making a significant contribution to its overall appearance: a dark-haired man with strong, regular features
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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
informal mug, kisser, clock
British informal mush, phiz, phizog, dial
British rhyming slang boat race
Scottish & Irish informal coupon
North American informal puss, pan
literary visage, lineaments
archaic front
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.
Example sentences
  • 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 programme devoted to the treatment of a particular topic, typically at length: a special feature on children’s reference books
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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
article, piece, item, report, story, column, review, commentary, criticism, analysis, write-up, exposé;
North American theme
2.1 (also feature film) A full-length film intended as the main item in a cinema programme.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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, call attention to, spotlight, highlight, accent
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] (feature in) Be a significant characteristic of or take an important part in: his later paintings feature prominently in the exhibition
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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, have a place, have prominence

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

1
adjective
[in combination]: fine-featured women

featureless

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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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