Definition of office
1a : a special duty, charge, or position conferred by an exercise of governmental authority and for a public purpose : a position of authority to exercise a public function and to receive whatever emoluments may belong to itb : a position of responsibility or some degree of executive authority
2 [Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin officium, from Latin] : a prescribed form or service of worship; specifically, capitalized : divine office
3 : a religious or social ceremonial observance : rite
5 : a place where a particular kind of business is transacted or a service is supplied: such asa : a place in which the functions of a public officer are performedb : the directing headquarters of an enterprise or organizationc : the place in which a professional person conducts business
6 offices plural, chiefly British : the apartments, attached buildings, or outhouses in which the activities attached to the service of a house are carried on
7a : a major administrative unit in some governments British Foreign Officeb : a subdivision of some government departments Patent Office
Examples of office in a Sentence
She works at our Chicago office.
Are you going to the office today?
The supervisor held an informal meeting in his office.
Her office is on the top floor near the elevator.
He misbehaved in class and was sent to the principal's office.
We use the extra bedroom in our house as an office.
We stopped by the lawyer's office to pick up some documents.
He has been in office for a decade.
He was voted out of office.
He won the election and will take office at the beginning of the year.
Recent Examples of office from the Web
In recent years, box office receipts have been high—2015 shattered the previous record, nudging past $11 billion—but much of that profit is based on people paying higher prices.
Police and the medical examiner's office did not release information on his death until Wednesday.
As such, the calculus for Detroit’s front office was likely that three mediocre prospects in hand are worth more than a future prospect in the bush.
The sheriff’s office updated the body count to two the following week.
The deterioration at McMurdo can be seen as an extension of the national infrastructure crisis that President Trump ran for office vowing to fix, even if the problems are 8,000 miles from the mainland United States.
The box office is designed to be accessible for people with disabilities with a lower window for people in wheelchairs.
Altaworx, which provides business technology services, has leased 4,403 square feet of Class A office space to be built at 455 Magnolia Ave.
Li recently claimed his ticket at the lottery’s San Diego district office.
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Synonym Discussion of office
OFFICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of office for English Language Learners
: a building or room in which people work at desks doing business or professional activities
: a room with a desk where a particular person works
: a building or room where a doctor, lawyer, etc., works and meets with patients or clients
OFFICE Defined for Kids
Definition of office for Students
1 : a place where business is done or a service is supplied a doctor's office
2 : a special duty or position and especially one of authority in government My uncle wants to run for office.
Legal Definition of office
1 : a special duty, charge, or position conferred by governmental authority and for a public purpose qualified to hold public office; broadly : a special duty or position of authority hold an office of trust
2 : a place where business or administration is conducted or services are performed
3 : a special administrative department or unit office of the district attorney
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