officer

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noun

of·​fi·​cer ˈä-fə-sər How to pronounce officer (audio)
ˈȯ-
1
a
obsolete : agent
b
: one charged with police duties
2
: one who holds an office of trust, authority, or command
the officers of the bank
chief executive officer
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

officer

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verb

officered; officering; officers

transitive verb

1
: to furnish with officers
2
: to command or direct as an officer

Example Sentences

Noun if you are ever lost, find the nearest officer and ask for help an officer of the court
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Leonard/Weldon was only revealed after attempting to stab an officer. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2023 An officer discovered a raccoon inside the dumpster. cleveland, 4 Feb. 2023 Witnesses and three of the people arrested that day denied that anyone was violent with an officer and said that the police were the aggressors. Mark Walker, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2023 Albuquerque police were taking over the call, sending an officer and a department behavioral-health specialist. Murat Oztaskin, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2023 Regardless, there are other reasons to become an officer. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Feb. 2023 Seconds later, an officer fires his weapon striking the 66-year-old Milwaukee man in the head, killing him. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 3 Feb. 2023 An officer was also injured during Thomas’ arrest and has since been released from Saint Mary’s Hospital. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 3 Feb. 2023 In August 2020, police said an officer in the 1200 block of U Street saw Trotman swing at a group of women, cutting one on the lip. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023
Verb
The settlement also includes police reforms in Greensboro and the surrounding areas including revisions to Use of Force policies and officer mental health training. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2022 Dash belonged to officer Jeff Schank, McCubbin said. Ana Alvarez Brinez, The Courier-Journal, 10 Mar. 2022 Their behavior — like moving quickly or not listening to officer commands — could make officers fearful. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Dec. 2021 The Southern Methodist University Police Department has given a meritorious conduct award to officer Shara Watson who assisted a man who had been struck by a vehicle on Central Expressway in Richardson. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 28 June 2021 What happened when Jane Doe came forward to police Jane Doe came forward to Milwaukee police in July 2019 and reported to officer Zachary Thoms that Haywood had drugged and raped her five years earlier and recorded it. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2020 The county officers on scene were Deputy Sheriff’s Hammond and Lestock of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Services Division. Paula Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2020 Police have identified the man who officers shot and killed outside ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital on April 15 as Randy S. Ashland, 58. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2020 The incident highlights the challenges that officers face when responding to drag racing in the city with an understaffed police department. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, "servant, agent, holder of a civil or ecclesiastical post," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin officiārius, from Latin officium "duty, office" + -ārius -er entry 2

Verb

derivative of officer entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of officer was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/officer. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

officer

noun
of·​fi·​cer
ˈäf-ə-sər,
ˈȯf-
1
: a person given the responsibility of enforcing the law
a police officer
2
: a person who holds an office
an officer of the company
3
: a person who holds a commission in the armed forces

Legal Definition

officer

noun
of·​fic·​er
1
: one charged with administering or enforcing the law
a police officer
2
: one who holds an office of trust, authority, or command
the directors, officers, employees, and shareholders of a corporation
3
: one who holds a position of authority or command in the armed forces

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