province

noun
prov·​ince | \ ˈprä-vən(t)s How to pronounce province (audio) \

Definition of province

1a : a country or region brought under the control of the ancient Roman government
b : an administrative district or division of a country
c provinces plural : all of a country except the metropolises
2a : a division of a country forming the jurisdiction of an archbishop or metropolitan
b : a territorial unit of a religious order
3a : a biogeographic division of less rank than a region
b : an area that exhibits essential continuity of geological history also : one characterized by particular structural or petrological features
4a : proper or appropriate function or scope : sphere that question is outside my province
b : a department of knowledge or activity

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Choose the Right Synonym for province

function, office, duty, province mean the acts or operations expected of a person or thing. function implies a definite end or purpose or a particular kind of work. the function of language is two-fold: to communicate emotion and to give information — Aldous Huxley office is typically applied to the function or service associated with a trade or profession or a special relationship to others. they exercise the offices of the judge, the priest, the counsellor — W. E. Gladstone duty applies to a task or responsibility imposed by one's occupation, rank, status, or calling. it is the judicial duty of the court, to examine the whole case — R. B. Taney province applies to a function, office, or duty that naturally or logically falls to one. I felt it was not my province to inquire — Anne Brontë

Examples of province in a Sentence

They left the city for life in the provinces. a legal question outside the doctor's province

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The building is owned by a Chinese investor who planned to turn it into a condominium, according to Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province. Fox News, "Building collapse leaves at least 19 dead, 24 injured in Cambodia," 23 June 2019 Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, said the building was owned by a Chinese investor who leased land for a condominium — one of many Chinese projects in the thriving beach resort. Washington Post, "Building under construction topples in Cambodia, killing 15," 22 June 2019 Expedition Overview Expedition Overview Navigate the pristine coastline of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province, snorkeling clear waters and exploring wildlife-rich parks and preserves. National Geographic, "Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks," 17 June 2019 In southern China, especially the mountains of Sichuan province, miners take advantage of cheap and abundant hydroelectric power. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.," 12 June 2019 The West Virginia diocese is part of the province that includes Baltimore. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Catholic bishops pass proposal to create nationwide system to report sexual abuse complaints," 12 June 2019 Throughout the playoffs, Deidre O’Reilly has emailed the St. Louis Blues center encouragement from her home in Seaforth, Canada, a small town in the southern part of the Ontario province. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Blues center Ryan O'Reilly has ultimate support group for Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final," 11 June 2019 Shahpur is in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal province, along India’s border with Bangladesh. Drew Broach, nola.com, "From Metairie to Murshidabad: This woman funds a school for India’s poor," 7 June 2019 Minimum hourly wages in the major factory hubs of Guangdong province rose from Rmb4.12 in 2008 to Rmb14.4 ($2.00) last year. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Manufacturers Are Considering Leaving China. But It Isn't All Because of the Trade War," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of province

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for province

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin provincia

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province

noun

English Language Learners Definition of province

: any one of the large parts that some countries are divided into
: a subject or area of interest that a person knows about or is involved in
: the parts of a country that are away from large cities

province

noun
prov·​ince | \ ˈprä-vəns How to pronounce province (audio) \

Kids Definition of province

1 : a part of a country having a government of its own (as one of the divisions of Canada)
2 provinces plural : the part or parts of a country far from the capital or chief city
3 : an area of activity or authority the province of science

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