- functional func‧tion‧al [ˈfʌŋkʆnəl] 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
* * *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 designsfunctionally adverb► »
The new business plan rendered the department's computers functionally obsolete.
Financial and business terms. 2012.