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

Newspaper accounts maintain that Emmy was kidnapped and law enforcement officers up and down the river are on the lookout for them, as are the cruel owners of the school. Oline Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Book review: ‘This Tender Land’ a harrowing Depression-era coming-of-age tale," 16 Sep. 2019 The male officers who handle Marie's case are cold, mechanical, and have an obvious bias against her. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Are Praising Netflix's Unbelievable for Starting Important Discussions About Sexual Assault," 16 Sep. 2019 Jon O’Neal, chief operating officer of Carroll County Public Schools; Ray Prokop, director of Facilities Management; and Bill Caine, facilities planner, testified on behalf of the Carroll County Board of Education and Superintendent Steve Lockard. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll schools avoid steep decline in state funding for construction," 14 Sep. 2019 Quartz sat down with Philip Morris International chief operating officer Jacek Olczak at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in June, where PMI was promoting its new message and meeting with creative agencies who might help communicate it. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "Philip Morris International thanks you for not smoking…cigarettes," 13 Sep. 2019 Steve Saunders, a Cincinnati police spokesman, said all officers involved in the shooting were unhmar. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Chief Isaac: Man with gun shot by Cincinnati police in Avondale," 11 Sep. 2019 Orange-Osceola Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany and Assistant Medical Examiner Sara Zydowicz testified the officers were each shot twice, once near the mouth and once in the head. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Everett Miller ‘wanted to make a statement’ in killings of 2 Kissimmee cops, prosecutor tells jurors," 11 Sep. 2019 Police said overnight that officers were at the scene and that the highway was closed in both directions. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Woman struck by semi as she crossed Seward Highway near Girdwood," 10 Sep. 2019 After about six miles, officers were able to stop the pickup at Wittmeier Auto Center on Forest Avenue and arrest Lowe. Chico Er, The Mercury News, "Man allegedly rammed another vehicle, claiming girlfriend had been kidnapped," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Washington Post, "Philadelphia gunman identified after hourslong standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Fortune, "Gunman Identified After Philadelphia Shooting and Hourslong Standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Fortune, "Gunman Identified After Philadelphia Shooting and Hourslong Standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Washington Post, "Philadelphia gunman identified after hourslong standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Fortune, "Gunman Identified After Philadelphia Shooting and Hourslong Standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Washington Post, "Philadelphia gunman identified after hourslong standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Fortune, "Gunman Identified After Philadelphia Shooting and Hourslong Standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said. Dallas News, "Suspect in custody after injuring several officers in shooting in Philadelphia, police say," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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