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 news comes after Raf Simons’ departure as chief creative officer in December. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Calvin Klein Is Reportedly Shutting Down Its Runway Collection," 6 Mar. 2019 Khan was the chief strategy officer at Snap for almost four years before announcing his departure in September. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Snap’s former No. 2 exec Imran Khan is building an online shopping startup," 12 Nov. 2018 The ups and downs of their relationship also correlated with the officer's penchant for other women. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Prince Charles Didn’t Marry Camilla Parker Bowles in the First Place," 12 Nov. 2018 Top Marine Corps and Navy officers at the Pentagon on Wednesday said budget cuts over the past decade were partially to blame for the spate of training crashes. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Military plane carrying 9 crashes near Georgia airport; no apparent survivors, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 Responding officers were immediately confronted by gunfire from the suspect, who was believed to be shooting from a window, the chief said. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Gunman Kills Five Employees in Illinois Factory Shooting," 15 Feb. 2019 But overall, Discovery continues its search for Spock while making a pitstop to help an unknowable alien being in its final moments—all while building relationship among the officers and crew. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 Matthew Jones was indicted on four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of violation of oath by an officer, and two counts of giving a false statement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Beat a Black Teenager on the Job Has Been Indicted for Assault," 12 Oct. 2018 On that worst day of her life, her oldest son, the officer, collapsed weeping. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019

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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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