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function (the usual meaning is ‘office, employment’, 2 not pre-S.)
1. activity, action (of the faculties) Mac. I. iii. 140 “ Is smother'd in surmise,” Ham. II. ii. 590 [582] “his whole ”
2. particular kind of activity or operation, (i) of a physical organ MND. III. ii. 177 “Dark night, that from the eye his takes” ; (ii) of intellectual or moral powers Oth. II. iii. 357 “Even as her appetite shall play the god With his weak function.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2
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