feature


feature
feature verb.
Fowler (1926) warned against the extension of the meaning ‘to give special prominence to’ which he identified as originating in cinema announcements. He cited an unattributed example of 1924: Boys' school and college outfits, men's footwear and undergarments, as well as…, are also featured, and urged the use of display or exhibit instead. But his words went unheeded, and the verb feature is now in regular use both transitively (with an object, as in the example just given) or intransitively (without an object), often being further diluted to mean ‘include’ when transitive and ‘be included’ when intransitive:

• I was to have my name featured for the first time at the top of the bill —Charles Chaplin, 1964

• Libraries and the youth service feature prominently in many of the local authority cuts —Times, 1976

• A brutal day in the Alps, featuring five climbs, the longest of which covers over 5,400 ft in 12 miles —Sunday Times, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Feature — Feature …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • feature — Ⅰ. feature UK US /ˈfiːtʃər/ noun [C] ► something that makes a product, machine, or system different, and usually better, than others of a similar type: »The new smart phone has all the features of existing models, plus added extras. »innovative… …   Financial and business terms

  • Feature — Fea ture (?; 135), n. [OE. feture form, shape, feature, OF. faiture fashion, make, fr. L. factura a making, formation, fr. facere, factum, to make. See {Feat}, {Fact}, and cf. {Facture}.] 1. The make, form, or outward appearance of a person; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feature — Sn Dokumentarbericht, speziell zusammengesetzte Sendung per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus am. e. feature, dieses etwa im Sinn von Zusammenstellung aus me. feture Aufmachung , aus afrz. faiture, aus l. factūra f., zu l.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • feature — [n1] characteristic affection, angle, article, aspect, attribute, character, component, constituent, detail, differential, earmark*, element, facet, factor, gag*, gimmick, hallmark, idiosyncrasy, individuality, ingredient, integrant, item, mark,… …   New thesaurus

  • feature — ► NOUN 1) a distinctive attribute or aspect. 2) a part of the face, such as the mouth, making a significant contribution to its overall appearance. 3) a newspaper or magazine article or a broadcast programme devoted to a particular topic. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • feature — [fē′chər] n. [ME feture < OFr faiture < L factura, a making, formation < pp. of facere, to make, DO1] 1. a) Archaic the make, shape, form, or appearance of a person or thing b) Obs. attractive appearance; physical beauty 2 …   English World dictionary

  • feature in — [phrasal verb] feature in (something) : to be a part of (something) Health care features prominently in the new bill. a character who features in many of his novels • • • Main Entry: ↑feature …   Useful english dictionary

  • Feature — Feature,das:⇨Hörspiel,Dokumentarbericht Feature 1.Musik:Hörbild,Hörfolge,Hörspiel 2.Bericht,Reportage,Dokumentarbericht,Fernsehbericht …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Feature — »(für Funk oder Fernsehen aufgemachter) Dokumentarbericht«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 20. Jh. aus gleichbed. engl. feature (mengl. feture), eigentlich »Aussehen, charakteristischer Grundzug« entlehnt, das über afrz. faiture auf lat. factura »das… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch


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