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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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin provincia