Office definition

ôfĭs, ŏfĭs
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A position of authority or trust, esp. in a government, business, institution, etc.

The office of president.

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The definition of an office is a place where business is conducted, the people who make up that business or a position of authority.

An example of an office is a law firm.

An example of an office is the position of senator.

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A place in which business, clerical, or professional activities are conducted.
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Something performed or intended to be performed for another; (specified kind of) service.

Done through someone's good (or ill) offices.

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A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed.
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A function or duty assigned to someone, esp. as an essential part of his or her work or position.
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(ecclesiastical) A ceremony, rite, or service, usually prescribed by liturgy, especially:
  • The canonical hours.
  • A prayer service in the Anglican Church, such as Morning or Evening Prayer.
  • A ceremony, rite, or service for a special purpose, especially the Office of the Dead.
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The administrative personnel, executives, or staff working in such a place.

Can your office handle that amount of work?

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A subdivision of a governmental department.

The US Patent Office.

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Public position.

Is she inclined to seek office?

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A religious service or set of prayers; esp., Divine Office.
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Any of the branches of the U.S. Government ranking next below the departments.

The Printing Office.

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(chiefly brit.) A governmental department.

The Foreign Office.

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A major executive division of a government.

The British Home Office.

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A position of authority, duty, or trust given to a person, as in a government or corporation.

The office of vice president.

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A duty or function assigned to or assumed by someone.

Our host performed the office of tour guide.

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A service or beneficial act done for another.

Through her kind offices we were given a room with a view.

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(chiefly brit.) The rooms or buildings of a house or estate in which the servants carry out their duties.
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The building, room, or series of rooms in which the affairs of a business, professional person, branch of government, etc. are carried on.
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All the people working in such a place; staff.
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A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation.

An executive or judical office; a municipal office.

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Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature.
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Religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister.
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A major administrative division, notably in certain governmental administrations, either at ministry level (e.g. the British Home Office) or within or dependent on such a department.
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Doctrine and Covenants 25: 5 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah 1981

[...] the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant [...]

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1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 144

[...] there I readily engaged in the office of pointing out to my friend the certain evils of such a choice.

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(in the plural) The parts of a house given over to household work, storage etc.
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An office suite; a collection of work"related computer programs (shortened from several such suites with 'office' in their name)).
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(chiefly british) The parts of a house, such as the laundry and kitchen, in which servants carry out household work.
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The function or characteristic action of a particular thing.
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in (or out of) office
  • currently holding (or not holding) power or a particular position of authority
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
office
Plural:
offices

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in (<i>or</i> out of) office

Origin of office

  • Middle English from Old French duty from Latin officium dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman office, offis etc., and Old French office, from Latin officium (“task, business, duty, official duty, office, court"), probably a contraction of opificium (“the doing of a work, a working"), from opifex (“one who does a work"), from opus (“work") + facere (“to do").

    From Wiktionary