functioning Definition

  • 1the way in which something works or operates
  • 2performing in the intended manner

Using functioning: Examples

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

  • Example

    The functioning of the machine is dependent on regular maintenance.

  • Example

    The organization is functioning well under the new management.

  • Example

    The doctor assessed his cognitive functioning.

  • Example

    The committee is responsible for ensuring the proper functioning of the school.

functioning Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with functioning

  • the correct and effective operation of something


    The engineer was tasked with ensuring the proper functioning of the new system.

  • a family in which conflict, misbehavior, and often child neglect or abuse on the part of individual parents occur continually and regularly, leading other members to accommodate such actions


    The novel explores the impact of growing up in a dysfunctional family.

  • social functioning

    the ability of an individual to interact with others and participate in social activities


    The therapist worked with the patient to improve their social functioning.


Summary: functioning in Brief

The term 'functioning' [ˈfʌŋkʃənɪŋ] refers to the way something works or operates, and whether it is performing as intended. It can describe the operation of machines, organizations, and individuals, as in 'The organization is functioning well under the new management.' 'Functioning' also extends into phrases like 'proper functioning,' indicating correct and effective operation.

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