province

noun
prov·​ince | \ ˈprä-vən(t)s \

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 province’s future promises to be one of barely contained civil war with its fellow Canadians. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Green Politics and Global Instability," 22 Jan. 2019 The province is known for perfect, powdery skiing like no other, and hikes that should put Albera on both your summer and winter travel bucket lists. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Better yet, the dish is so universally beloved that even the province’s best chefs will give their own spin on the classic, switching it up with everything from sweet potatoes to wild mushroom gravy, truffles, and foie gras. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 The Islamic State used to occupy wide swaths of eastern Syria, including much of the city of Deir al-Zour, the province’s capital, and the city of Raqqa, which the jihadist group considered its capital. New York Times, "At Least 4 Russians Killed in Syria in Firefight With ISIS," 27 May 2018 University of Sydney archaeologist Gino Caspari and his colleagues searched for Scythian burial mounds, or kurgans, in high-resolution satellite images of a 110 square kilometer (68.4 square mile) area of the Xinjiang province in northwestern China. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 Another detainee disappeared in northern Hajjah province while looking for a job in 2016, HRW said. Samy Magdy, Fox News, "Watchdog accuses Yemen rebels of taking hostages, torture," 25 Sep. 2018 Serbia refuses to recognize the independence of its former province Kosovo, which consists mostly of ethnic Albanians. SI.com, "Xhaka, Shaqiri Could Face Two-Game Bans After 'Political' Celebrations vs. Serbia," 24 June 2018 There are also four new suspected cases in the province, the statement reported. Time, "Ebola Death Toll Reaches 12 in Congo," 27 May 2018

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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 \

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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