Official definition

ə-fĭshəl
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Holding office or serving in a public capacity.

An official representative.

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(sports) A referee or umpire.
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Characteristic of or befitting a person of authority; formal.

An official banquet.

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A person holding office, esp. public office.
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Authorized by a proper authority; authoritative.

Official permission.

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One who holds an office or position, especially one who acts in a subordinate capacity for an institution such as a corporation or governmental agency.
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(med., pharmacy) Contained in the current pharmacopeia; authorized for use in medicine.
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Of or relating to an office or a post of authority.

Official duties.

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Of or holding an office, or position of authority.
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By, from, or with the proper authority; authorized or authoritative.

An official request.

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In a formal or ceremonious manner, often involving persons of authority.

An official welcome to the city.

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Formally set or prescribed.

The official date of publication.

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Authorized by or contained in the US Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.
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(sports) One who supervises an athletic contest, as a referee or umpire.
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The definition of official is authorized, or is someone who holds a position of authority.

An example of an official document is a certified birth certificate.

An example of an official person is a city planner.

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Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.

Official duties.

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Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority.

An official statement or report.

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Approved by authority; authorized.
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Sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal.

An official drug or preparation.

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Discharging an office or function.
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Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
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Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
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An office holder invested with powers and authorities.

David Barnes was the official charged with the running of the sports club.

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A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.

In most football games there are three officials: the referee and two linesmen.

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Authorized by or contained in the US Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
official
Plural:
officials

Origin of official

  • From Middle English ecclesiastical officer from Old French from Latin officiālis an attendant of an office from officium duty, service office

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

  • From Old French official, from Latin officium (“duty, service").

    From Wiktionary