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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌŋkʃən/

Translation of function in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (of tool, machine, organ) función (feminine) to carry out/perform a function cumplir/desempeñar una función 1.2 (role, duty) función (feminine) it's not part of my function to do that eso no está dentro de mis funciones that seems to be my function in life esa parece ser mi misión en la vida it's his only useful function es para lo único que sirve
    Example sentences
    • But it does play on social mores and our embarrassment about natural bodily functions, albeit in a crude way.
    • This is because, the article argues, they are a similar frequency to the type of electrical activity natural to cellular functions and so may cause interference.
    • When a breast can't perform its natural functions, many women find it difficult to accept it as part of their body.
  • 3 [Mathematics/Matemáticas] función (feminine) profit is a function of sales las ganancias están en función de las ventas
    Example sentences
    • His work is almost exclusively on calculus, in particular differential equations and functions of a real variable.
    • Then of course the relevant integrals involve odd functions, and it results that the centroid lies on the y-axis.
    • For example, the exponent b in the rate functions of the expressions in Eq. 5 was assigned a universal value.
    Example sentences
    • Spectral analysis decomposes a variable into underlying sine and cosine functions of particular wavelengths or cycles.
    • Solving the equations of the best response functions gives expressions for equilibrium outputs.
    • He found expressions for the Bessel functions as integrals involving Legendre functions.
  • 4 [Computing/Informática] función (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Method and apparatus for presenting new computer software functions to a user based upon actual usage
    • An icon is a graphic image that represents an available function on a computer's graphical user interface.
    • Medical billing software with quick searching functions enables offices to quickly and effectively manage multiple databases worth of information.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (operate) [machine/organ] funcionar the tribunal functions through two sub-committees el tribunal desempeña sus funciones a través de dos subcomisiones 1.2 (serve) to function as sth [object/building] hacer* (las veces) de algo [word] cumplir la función de algo

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