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Meaning of office by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɒfɪs/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɔfɪs/
    • Hyphenation: of‧fice
    • Rhymes: -ɒfɪs


    office ( plural: offices )

    1. A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed .
    2. A bureau, an administrative unit of government .
    3. A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation .
    4. Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature .
    5. Religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister
    6. Major administrative division, notably in certain governmental administrations, either at ministry level ( e.g. the UK Home Office ) or within or dependent on such a department .
    7. ( obsolete ) A task that one feels obliged to do.
    8. ( in the plural: ) The parts of a house given over to household work, storage etc.


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    See also

    • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
    • office in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911



Explanation of office by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a job in an organization

    2. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

    3. a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities

    4. the offices of the mass
    5. place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed

    6. he rented an office in the new building
    7. an administrative unit of government

    8. Office of Management and Budget
    9. professional or clerical workers in an office

    10. the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard
    11. ( of a government or government official ) holding an office means being in power

    12. being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage
      during his first year in office

    Definition of office by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Office n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See Opulent, Fact.]
      1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a duty that arises from the relations of man to man; as, “kind offices, pious offices”.

      I would I could do a good office between you. Shak.

      2. A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or authority; as, “an executive or judical office; a municipal office.”

      3. A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God himself; as, “the office of a priest under the old dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new”.

      Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office. Rom. xi. 13.

      4. That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done, by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent beings.

      They [the eyes] resign their office and their light. Shak.

      Hesperus, whose office is to bring

      Twilight upon the earth. Milton.

      In this experiment the several intervals of the teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms. Sir I. Newton.

      5. The place where any kind of business or service for others is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in which public officers or workers in any organization transact business; as, “the register's office; a lawyer's office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office.”

      6. The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose place of business is in an office; as, “I have notified the office”.

      7. pl. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics discharge the duties attached to the service of a house, as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. [Eng.]

      As for the offices, let them stand at distance. Bacon.

      8. ( Eccl. ) Any service other than that of ordination and the Mass; any prescribed religious service.

      This morning was read in the church, after the office was done, the declaration setting forth the late conspiracy against the king's person. Evelyn.

      Holy office. Same as Inquisition, n., 3. -- Houses of office. Same as def. 7 above. Chaucer. -- Little office ( R. C. Ch. ), an office recited in honor of the Virgin Mary. -- Office bearer, an officer; one who has a specific office or duty to perform. -- Office copy ( Law ), an authenticated or certified copy of a record, from the proper office. See Certified copies, under Copy. Abbott. -- Office-found ( Law ), the finding of an inquest of office. See under Inquest. -- Office holder. See Officeholder in the Vocabulary -- Office hours. the hours of the day during which business is transacted at an office5. -- Office seeker. a person who is attempting to get elected to an elected office, or to get an appointment to an appointive public office.

    2. Office v. t. To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge. [Obs.] Shak.