officer

noun
of·​fi·​cer | \ ˈä-fə-sər How to pronounce officer (audio) , 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

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As a protection officer, everybody all of a sudden looks at you for answers. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Work for the Royal Family," 6 Apr. 2019 Sikhounmuong, who spent years as the chief design officer at J.Crew and Madewell, is the new creative director of Alex Mill. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Do You Miss the Old J.Crew? This Revamped Label Might Be the Answer to Your Prayers," 19 Feb. 2019 As the chief financial officer, Swan’s role within Intel was often behind the scenes. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 Jeremi Gorman is taking over Snap’s ad business as chief business officer. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Snap hired two new executives to replace departing Imran Khan, CEO Evan Spiegel’s right-hand man," 24 Oct. 2018 Technically, our own galaxy — the Milky Way — has never been officially named by the IAU, said Rick Fienberg, an astronomer and press officer for the American Astronomical Society. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Picture was clear, but black hole’s name a little fuzzy," 15 Apr. 2019 As Money magazine calculated, the role's responsibilities make the person in it the White House’s de facto chief operations officer; the salary for a position like that hovers between $173,500 and $287,000 on average. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 But while officers need to understand the behaviors, everyone needs to understand the behaviors. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things Parents of Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder Wish You Knew," 1 Apr. 2019 In support of Cohen, David Lauren, the youngest son of Ralph and the chief innovation officer at the company, gathered an illustrious group to the flagship store of the brand founded by his father a half-century ago. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Jeff Koons and Monica Lewinsky Attend a Book Party Honoring Accidental Presidents at Ralph Lauren," 3 Apr. 2019

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 How to pronounce officer (audio) \

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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