officiate[ə fis̸h′ē āt′]
- 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 (â€œconduct or perform religious servicesâ€), from Latin officium (â€œofficial duty, serviceâ€).