(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. faculty, office, duty, role, province; observance. See agency, business, rite. — v. i. operate, serve. See action, use.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Use]
Syn. employment, capacity, office, duty, faculty, role, purpose; see also use 2 .
2. [A social gathering]
Syn. celebration, reception, get-together; see gathering , party 1 .
Syn.- function is the broad, general term for the natural, required, or expected activity of a person or thing [ the function of the liver, of education, etc. ] ; office , in this connection, refers to the function of a person, as determined by his position, profession, or employment [ the office of a priest ] ; duty is applied to a task necessary in or appropriate to one's occupation, rank, status, etc. and carries a strong connotation of obligation [ the duties of a vicar ] ; capacity refers to a specific function or status, not necessarily the usual or customary one [ the judge spoke to him in the capacity of a friend ] v.
Syn. perform, run, work; see operate 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. role job, use, purpose, duty, task, business, occupation, employment, responsibility, activity, concern.
2. affair ceremony, gala, social, formal, *get-together, reception, party.
act, work, serve, operate, perform, run.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The proper activity of a person or thing: job, purpose, role, task. See DO. 2. A large or important social gathering: affair, celebration, festivity, fete, gala, occasion, party, soiree. Informal: do. Slang: bash. See GROUP, WORK. II verb 1. To react in a specified way: act, behave, operate, perform, work. See ACTION. 2. To perform a function effectively: go, operate, run, take, work. See THRIVE. 3. To perform the duties of another: act, officiate, serve. See DO, SUBSTITUTE.

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