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officer

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noun of·fi·cer \ ˈä-fə-sər , ˈȯ- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of officer

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

Examples of officer in a Sentence

  1. if you are ever lost, find the nearest officer and ask for help

  2. an officer of the court

Recent Examples of officer from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of officer

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 2-er


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officer

verb

Definition of officer

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

Recent Examples of officer from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of officer

derivative of 1officer



OFFICER Defined for English Language Learners

officer

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Definition of officer for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

officer

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noun of·fi·cer \ ˈȯ-fə-sər \

Definition of officer for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

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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