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what is the (social function) mean in this sentence? (He never goes to any social function unless his wife can come with him.)

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It means any public gathering, like a party or the opening of a new art gallery, or school graduation, etc. A "social function" is one where people mingle and chat with each other; rarely is anything of importance the subject, but if it is, the important item is typically mentioned only in a brief reference, in passing. The conversation is usually "small talk".

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