civil servant


Definition of civil servant

1 : a member of a civil service
2 : a member of the administrative staff of an international agency

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Examples of civil servant in a Sentence

took the examination to become a civil servant in the defense department

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Knowledge is power British imperial rule brought civil servant George Turnour to the island. National Geographic, "The 'Lion Fortress' of Sri Lanka was swallowed by the jungle," 3 Sep. 2019 Reuters reports that President Widodo’s goal is to begin relocating the 1.5 million civil servants working in Jakarta in 2024—an endeavor that would cost around US$33 billion overall. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Jakarta has sunk by up to 4 meters, forcing Indonesia to build a new capital," 27 Aug. 2019 This morning, longtime civil servant Sir Kim Darroch resigned as U.K. ambassador to the U.S. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Boris Johnson Failed to Defend Britain’s Ambassador — and British Sovereignty," 11 July 2019 Protesters from all walks of life participated: young, old, bankers, lawyers, teachers, priests and pastors, civil servants, and more. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "The End of Hong Kong as We Know It," 15 Aug. 2019 Drivers typically wait three hours for gasoline, and civil servants line up all morning to receive part of their salaries in cash. New York Times, "A Coup Offered Hope to Zimbabwe. Has Its New President Delivered?," 10 Aug. 2019 Schools and government offices were closed to allow students and civil servants to take part in the initiative, and by day’s end, officials announced the country had surpassed its goal and planted over 353 million trees in 12 hours. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "Planting millions more trees might not be the way to tackle Ethiopia’s environmental problems," 1 Aug. 2019 But senior civil servants and diplomats like Mr. Darroch have been depicted by pro-Brexit campaigners as a cabal in the heart of government trying to thwart Britain’s exit from the EU. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "U.K. Envoy’s Exit Feeds British Worries of Isolation," 11 July 2019 Hong Kong’s highest court ruled today (June 6) that the government must give spousal benefits to a gay civil servant and his spouse, following multiple legal challenges by the government. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "A gay Hong Kong civil servant finally won the right to benefits for his spouse," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of civil servant

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of civil servant

: a person who works for the government : a person who works in the civil service

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