functional Definition

  • 1designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive
  • 2in good working order

Using functional: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "functional" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The new office furniture is both functional and stylish.

  • Example

    The car's engine is still functional after all these years.

  • Example

    The website's search bar is not functional.

  • Example

    The company's organizational structure is not functional.

functional Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with functional

  • fully functional

    in good working order, with all features and capabilities operational


    The robot is fully functional and can perform a variety of tasks.

  • an approach to healthcare that focuses on treating the underlying causes of disease, rather than just the symptoms


    Functional medicine practitioners often use a combination of conventional and alternative therapies to treat their patients.

  • a type of exercise that involves movements that mimic real-life activities or sports-specific movements


    Functional training can help improve overall fitness and athletic performance.

Origins of functional

from Latin 'functionalis', meaning 'pertaining to performance'


Summary: functional in Brief

The term 'functional' [ˈfʌŋkʃənl] describes something designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive. It can refer to anything from office furniture to a car's engine. 'Functional' also means in good working order, as in 'The website's search bar is not functional.' Phrases like 'fully functional' and 'functional medicine' extend its meaning to encompass health and fitness.

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