functional func‧tion‧al [ˈfʌŋkʆnəl] adjective [only before a noun]
1. connected with the purpose for which something is made or used, or with the job that someone does:

• Three key functional areas of management are marketing, production and personnel management.

• The project manager is responsible for ensuring that time and money are properly budgeted between functional departments.

2. designed to be useful rather than beautiful or decorative:

• We now have premises which are both smart and functional.

3. working in a way that something is supposed to:

• Intel is sending fully functional samples of the chips for shipment to manufacturers.

— functionally adverb :

• tools that are labour-saving and functionally efficient

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functional UK US /ˈfʌŋkʃənəl/ adjective
working in the expected or necessary way: »

The timeline is for the site to be fully functional in 18 months.

HR, WORKPLACE relating to the different areas of skill in a business: functional areas/departments/expertise »

Taxpayers will save time and resources by dealing with one team rather than several different functional areas.

designed for a practical purpose rather than for the way something looks: »

highly functional but stylistically unremarkable designs

functionally adverb

The new business plan rendered the department's computers functionally obsolete.

See also CROSS-FUNCTIONAL(Cf. ↑cross-functional)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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