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

cop, copper, lawman, policeman, police officer

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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

According to the indictment, the Russian officers targeted more than 300 people associated with the Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee, luring them with fake emails. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Mueller Probe Indicts 12 Russians in Hacking of DNC and Clinton Campaign," 13 July 2018 The Democratic National Committee hired Raffi Krikorian, a former Uber executive, as its chief technology officer last year. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 Petruch said his officers continue to work off-duty security jobs at the Merrillville location. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Merrillville Planned Parenthood sees protests, but no harassment like that cited for Fort Wayne branch closure," 13 July 2018 Artie Minson, its chief financial officer, reckons the firm would need about 1.3m members to reach $10bn in revenues. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 The Carrollton Texas Police Department published a lighthearted video showing its officers facing off against a bug, slipping while in the pursuit of a suspect, and running into a glass wall. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Texas police department showcases their best bloopers caught on camera," 12 July 2018 Last month, Atesiano and two of his former officers were charged by federal prosecutors for one specific abuse of power. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Florida Police Chief Told Cops to Arrest Random Black People to Boost Stats," 12 July 2018 Most board members of Puerto Rico’s power utility resigned Thursday after a chorus of outrage over pay for its new chief executive officer, who then pulled out of the job. Fortune, "Puerto Rico's Bankrupt Utility Has No Leader After Pay Scandal," 12 July 2018 Boston police have asked to at least share jurisdiction so its officers can legally make arrests and provide other services there. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles," 11 July 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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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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