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officer

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noun of·fi·cer \ˈä-fə-sər, ˈȯ-\

Simple Definition of officer

  • : a member of a police force

  • : a person who has an important position in a company, organization, or government

  • : a person who has a position of authority or command in the military

Full Definition of officer

  1. 1 a obsolete :  agent b :  one charged with police duties

  2. 2 :  one who holds an office of trust, authority, or command <the officers of the bank> <chief executive officer>

  3. 3 a :  one who holds a position of authority or command in the armed forces; specifically :  commissioned officer b :  the master or any of the mates of a merchant or passenger ship

Examples of officer

  1. <if you are ever lost, find the nearest officer and ask for help>

  2. <an officer of the court>



Origin of officer

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin officiarius, from Latin officium


First Known Use: 14th century


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officer

verb of·fi·cer

Definition of officer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with officers

  3. 2 :  to command or direct as an officer



1670

First Known Use of officer

1670



OFFICER Defined for Kids

officer

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noun of·fi·cer \ˈȯ-fə-sər\

Definition of officer

  1. 1 :  a person given the responsibility of enforcing the law <a police officer>

  2. 2 :  a person who holds a position of authority <an officer of the company>

  3. 3 :  a person who holds a commission in the military <His father is an officer in the navy.>





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