- To officiate is to preside over something, to perform a ceremony, or to be in charge of something.
- When you referee a football game and are in charge of making sure the rules are followed, this is an example of when you officiate.
- When you perform a wedding ceremony for a couple, this is an example of when you officiate.
A priest officiates over communion.
verbof·fi·ci·at·ed, of·fi·ci·at·ing, of·fi·ci·ates
- To perform the duties and functions of an office or a position of authority.
- To serve as an officiant.
- Sports To serve as a referee or umpire.
verb, transitive Usage Problem
- To perform from a position of authority (an official duty or function).
- To serve as an officiant at (a ceremony): officiated the wedding ceremony.
- To serve as a referee or umpire at (a game): officiated the hockey game.
Origin of officiateMedieval Latin officiāre, officiāt-, to conduct, from Latin officium, service, duty; see Office .
(third-person singular simple present officiates, present participle officiating, simple past and past participle officiated)
Circa 17th Century, from Medieval Latin officiÄtus, perfect passive participle of officiÅ (“conduct or perform religious services"), from Latin officium (“official duty, service").