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feature

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/ ˈfi tʃər /
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noun

verb (used with object), fea·tured, fea·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), fea·tured, fea·tur·ing.

to play a major part.

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Origin of feature

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English feture, from Anglo-French, Middle French faiture, from Latin factūra “formation, manufacture.” See fact, -ure

synonym study for feature

1. Feature, characteristic, peculiarity refer to a distinctive trait of an individual or of a class. Feature suggests an outstanding or marked property that attracts attention: Complete harmony was a feature of the convention. Characteristic means a distinguishing mark or quality (or one of such) always associated in one's mind with a particular person or thing: Defiance is one of his characteristics. Peculiarity means that distinct or unusual characteristic that marks off an individual in the class to which he, she, or it belongs: A blue-black tongue is a peculiarity of the chow chow.

OTHER WORDS FROM feature

trans·fea·ture, verb (used with object), trans·fea·tured, trans·fea·tur·ing.un·der·fea·ture, noun
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What is a basic definition of feature?

A feature is a distinctive trait or a special attraction. Feature can also mean to give special attention to something. The word feature has several other senses as a noun and a verb.

A feature is a unique quality or characteristic that something has.

  • Real-life examples: Elaborately colored tail feathers are peacocks’ most well-known feature. Earth has many features, such as a particular atmosphere, abundance of water, and temperature that make it able to sustain life. Platypuses have many features that are unusual in mammals, such as a bill and the ability to lay eggs.
  • Used in a sentence: My house is really boring and doesn’t have any cool features that set it apart from every other house in the neighborhood. 

Feature can also mean a special attraction or enticing quality that something has. Not all features are necessarily useful and, especially in advertising, they are often added to amaze rather than perform a useful function.

  • Real-life examples: Smartphones often have many features, such as Bluetooth technology, a camera, and many other additions that entice customers to buy it. People who buy cars are often interested in extra features, such as rear-view cameras, automated steering, and heated seats.
  • Used in a sentence: I always go for cameras with lots of neat features, like custom white balancing.

As a verb, feature means to draw special attention to something or to shine the spotlight on it. If something is featured, it is mentioned first, given the most time, advertised most heavily, or invested the most effort into.

  • Real-life examples: Movie advertising often features a big star on posters and in commercials even if the person is barely in the movie. The main event fight is usually featured by boxing or mixed martial arts promoters because it will attract the most ticket buyers.
  • Used in a sentence: I really like this song because it features the drummer the most.

Where does feature come from?

The first records of feature come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Latin factūra, meaning “formation or manufacture.”

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What are some other forms related to feature?

  • featured (adjective, past tense verb)
  • featureless (adjective)
  • transfeature (verb)
  • underfeature (noun)

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How is feature used in real life?

Feature is a common word that means a special trait something has or means to spotlight something.

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If something is featured, it is ignored or hidden away.

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British Dictionary definitions for feature

feature
/ (ˈfiːtʃə) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for feature

C14: from Anglo-French feture, from Latin factūra a making, from facere to make
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