Meaning of functionalize in English:


(also functionalise)

Pronunciation /ˈfʌŋ(k)ʃ(ə)nəlʌɪz/ /ˈfʌŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n(ə)lʌɪz/ /ˈfʌŋ(k)ʃənlˌʌɪz/


  • 1To provide with a function or functions; to make functional.

  • 2US To organize (a business or workplace) such that work is distributed according to the specialized function of individual workers or departments; to distribute (work) in this way.

  • 3Chemistry
    To introduce a functional group into (a molecule, or one of its bonds or atoms) in order to alter the chemical behaviour of the molecule.

  • 4Chemistry
    To attach molecules or nanoparticles to the surface of (a material) in order to alter its physical or chemical properties.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language. From functional + -ize.