officer

noun
of·​fi·​cer | \ˈä-fə-sər, ˈȯ-\

Definition of officer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a 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

3a : 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

verb
officered; officering; officers

Definition of officer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with officers

2 : to command or direct as an officer

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Synonyms for officer

Synonyms: Noun

bobby [British], bull [slang], constable [chiefly British], cop, copper, flatfoot [slang], fuzz, gendarme, lawman, policeman, police officer, shamus [slang]

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Examples of officer in a Sentence

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

The British composer ingeniously juxtaposed nine poems of Wilfred Owen, a disillusioned enlisted officer killed in the final days of World War I, with the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ Review: Mixing Sacred and Secular," 30 Nov. 2018 Journalist Farai Chideya is a former NPR news host, author of The Episodic Career, and the journalism program officer at the Ford Foundation. Shaniqwa Jarvis, Glamour, "The 97-Year-Old Park Ranger Who Doesn’t Have Time for Foolishness," 2 Nov. 2018 Joe YudinTouring IsraelYudin can connect you with Israel Defense Forces officers, archaeologists, chefs, and other insiders. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 In Texas, Gina Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer, could become the first openly gay, Asian American House member. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives are Defining the Midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 While Fergie was adjusting to motherhood, Prince Andrew was traveling the world as a naval officer. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Who Are Princess Eugenie's Parents, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew?," 12 Oct. 2018 The show, centered around a family of New York Police Department officers, obviously takes place in New York City. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Where Is 'Blue Bloods' Actually Filmed?," 24 Aug. 2018 Customs and Border Protection officials in El Paso, Texas, advised travelers last week that officers from that region would be sent to those two states in anticipation of the caravan’s arrival. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Protests in Tijuana as Caravan Migrants Arrive to Seek Asylum in U.S.," 18 Nov. 2018 Facebook’s charismatic chief operating officer has largely escaped scrutiny for her role in the company’s failures to protect the platform. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That was the same day federal prosecutors say Biscayne Park officers Fernandez and Dayoub — at the direction of Atesiano — charged the teen with four previously unsolved burglaries of unoccupied homes. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 Arizona Department of Public Safety officers only let a few protesters up at a time due to fire-code restrictions. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Protesters demand Gov. Doug Ducey condemn Trump immigration policy," 19 June 2018 The goal is to connect people in mental health crisis who officers encounter on the street to appropriate treatment and community resources to reduce their contacts with police and the criminal justice system. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Mayor would fund 58 new Portland police officers, replace firefighters' breathing equipment," 30 Apr. 2018 Police said the homeowner took a picture of the woman, who officers recognized as Nazario-Colon. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Neighbor calls police as homeless woman allegedly breaks into Worcester home, steals property," 18 June 2018 According to the lawsuit, Atencio refused when Phoenix officers asked him to remove his shoes to go through a scanner at the county's Fourth Avenue Jail, which led to a struggle with the officers. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix awards $250,000 in Arpaio-era jail death," 6 June 2018 The goal is to connect people in mental health crisis who officers encounter on the street to appropriate treatment and community resources to reduce their contacts with police and the criminal justice system. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Mayor would fund 58 new Portland police officers, replace firefighters' breathing equipment," 30 Apr. 2018 The goal is to connect people in mental health crisis who officers encounter on the street to appropriate treatment and community resources to reduce their contacts with police and the criminal justice system. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Mayor would fund 58 new Portland police officers, replace firefighters' breathing equipment," 30 Apr. 2018 The goal is to connect people in mental health crisis who officers encounter on the street to appropriate treatment and community resources to reduce their contacts with police and the criminal justice system. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Mayor would fund 58 new Portland police officers, replace firefighters' breathing equipment," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of officer

Noun

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

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for officer

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

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

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More Definitions for officer

officer

noun

English Language Learners 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

officer

noun
of·​fi·​cer | \ˈȯ-fə-sər \

Kids Definition of officer

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

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

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

officer

noun
of·​fic·​er

Legal Definition of officer 

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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