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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The officer's body camera was switched off at the time. Fox News, "South Bend officer: Pete Buttigieg must 'recuse himself' from police shooting probe, is using it to 'further political campaign'," 3 July 2019 The officers quickly came up with a plan of action, according to Dorris. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Baytown police officers take the lawn into their own hands, help out lady over-heated from mowing," 2 July 2019 The officers called for backup, and about two-dozen police cars soon arrived. oregonlive.com, "Sex, drugs and police corruption in Portland: How the wild 1970s paved the way to the city’s future," 1 July 2019 Shavies’ actions, the chief said the officer had shown remorse and deserved a second chance. Thomas Peele, The Mercury News, "Pinole police chief defends hiring fired deputy who filed false police report," 1 July 2019 The activist spoke with the two officers guarding the red tape at the second shooting scene, reminding them of the shootings on the Near North Side this month. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "‘We’re tired of the shooting’: 6 wounded in shootings near former Cabrini-Green housing complex," 30 June 2019 The officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver refused, and a chase was initiated. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Woman carjacked at gunpoint in Trussville; officer injured in fiery crash during chase with suspects," 30 June 2019 The officer's injuries are considered non-life-threatening. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Off-duty Cincinnati officer injured in I-75 crash," 30 June 2019 According to Mohseni, the officers' real problem wasn't her hair. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "I Was Arrested For Having Long Hair. Now I'm In A Pantene Ad.," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Peters also shared with the outlet that officers reportedly told her that Mills’ body was found in the back of a semi-truck. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Kansas Teen, 17, Found Dead After Going to Help Longtime Adult Male Friend Clean His Home," 2 July 2019 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

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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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