Officer meaning

ô'fĭ-sər, ŏf'ĭ-
The definition of an officer is a person in a position of authority in a business, the police, the military or other group.

An example of an officer is the person in charge of managing the financial risks a company makes.

An example of an officer is a person in the military who commands over troops.

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A police officer.
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Anyone elected or appointed to an office or position of authority in a government, business, institution, society, etc.
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A person appointed to a position of authority in the armed forces; specif., commissioned officer.
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Officer is defined as to command over with authority, or provide with authority figures.

An example of officer is someone in the military commanding their troops; to officer the troops.

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One who holds an office of authority or trust in an organization, such as a corporation or government.
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One who holds a commission in the armed forces.
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A person licensed in the merchant marine as master, mate, chief engineer, or assistant engineer.
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To furnish with officers.
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To command or manage as an officer.
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A police officer or constable.
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To provide with officers.
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To command; direct; manage.
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A person who holds a position (office) of trust, command, or authority. In public affairs, the term usually applies to a person who holds a government position and is authorized to perform certain functions. In corporate law, it is a person appointed or elected by the company’s board of directors. The term usually implies some form of tenure, duration, and emolument.
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One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
  • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, The Mirror and the Lamp.
    Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
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One who holds a public office.
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An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.
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(colloquial, military) A commissioned officer.
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To supply with officers.
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To command like an officer.
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The captain or any of the mates of a merchant ship.
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In certain honorary societies, a member of any grade above the lowest.
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Generally, a lawyer, in connection with his dealings with and in a court, is said to be an officer of the court as a result of his special relationship to the court and the trust placed in a lawyer by the court.
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Origin of officer

  • Middle English from Old French officier from Medieval Latin officārius from Latin officium service, duty office
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman officer, officier, from Late Latin officiarius (“official"), from Latin officium (“office") + -ārius (“-er").
    From Wiktionary