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1official

noun of·fi·cial \ə-ˈfi-shəl also ō-\

: a person who has a position of authority in a company, organization, or government : a person who holds an office

: a person (such as a referee or umpire) who makes sure that players are following the rules of a game

Full Definition of OFFICIAL

1
:  one who holds or is invested with an office :  officer <government officials>
2
:  one who administers the rules of a game or sport especially as a referee or umpire

Examples of OFFICIAL

  1. She interviewed a senior official from the previous administration.
  2. A company official responded to our request.

First Known Use of OFFICIAL

14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2official

adjective

: of or relating to the job or work of someone in a position of authority

—used to describe something that is said in a public way by someone in a position of authority

—used to describe something that is done in a public and often formal way

Full Definition of OFFICIAL

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:  of or relating to an office, position, or trust <official duties>
2
:  holding an office
3
a :  authoritative, authorized <official statement>
b :  prescribed or recognized as authorized <an official language>
c :  described by the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary
4
:  befitting or characteristic of a person in office <extended an official greeting>
of·fi·cial·ly \-ˈfi-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of OFFICIAL

  1. She was accused of destroying official documents.
  2. Her illness did not prevent her from performing her official duties.
  3. The Vice President is on an official trip.
  4. We extended an official greeting to the ambassador.

First Known Use of OFFICIAL

circa 1585
OFFICIAL Defined for Kids

1official

noun of·fi·cial \ə-ˈfi-shəl\

Definition of OFFICIAL for Kids

:  a person who holds a position of authority in an organization or government

2official

adjective

Definition of OFFICIAL for Kids

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:  relating to a position of authority <official duties>
2
:  having authority to perform a duty <the official referee>
3
:  coming from or meeting the requirements of an authority <an official team baseball> <We're waiting for the official announcement.>
4
:  proper for a person in office <The White House is the President's official residence.>
of·fi·cial·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary

official

adjective of·fi·cial \ə-ˈfish-əl\

Medical Definition of OFFICIAL

:  prescribed or recognized as authorized; specifically :  described by the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary—compare nonofficial, unofficial
of·fi·cial·ly \-ˈfish-(ə-)lē\ adverb

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