office

noun
of·​fice | \ ˈä-fəs How to pronounce office (audio) , ˈȯ-\

Definition of office

1a : a special duty, charge, or position conferred by an exercise of governmental authority and for a public purpose : a position of authority to exercise a public function and to receive whatever emoluments may belong to it
b : a position of responsibility or some degree of executive authority
2 : a prescribed form or service of worship specifically, capitalized : divine office
3 : a religious or social ceremonial observance : rite
4a : something that one ought to do or must do : an assigned or assumed duty, task, or role
b : the proper or customary action of something : function
c : something done for another : service
5 : a place where a particular kind of business is transacted or a service is supplied: such as
a : a place in which the functions of a public officer are performed
b : the directing headquarters of an enterprise or organization
c : the place in which a professional person conducts business
6 offices plural, chiefly British : the apartments, attached buildings, or outhouses in which the activities attached to the service of a house are carried on
7a : a major administrative unit in some governments British Foreign Office
b : a subdivision of some government departments Patent Office

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function, office, duty, province mean the acts or operations expected of a person or thing. function implies a definite end or purpose or a particular kind of work. the function of language is two-fold: to communicate emotion and to give information — Aldous Huxley office is typically applied to the function or service associated with a trade or profession or a special relationship to others. they exercise the offices of the judge, the priest, the counsellor — W. E. Gladstone duty applies to a task or responsibility imposed by one's occupation, rank, status, or calling. it is the judicial duty of the court, to examine the whole case — R. B. Taney province applies to a function, office, or duty that naturally or logically falls to one. I felt it was not my province to inquire — Anne Brontë

Examples of office in a Sentence

She works at our Chicago office. Are you going to the office today? The supervisor held an informal meeting in his office. Her office is on the top floor near the elevator. He misbehaved in class and was sent to the principal's office. We use the extra bedroom in our house as an office. We stopped by the lawyer's office to pick up some documents. He has been in office for a decade. He was voted out of office. He won the election and will take office at the beginning of the year.
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Andreychenko faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of the felony charge of making a terrorist threat in the second degree, according to the prosecutor’s office. Fox News, "Suspect in disturbance at Missouri Walmart says he was testing 2nd Amendment rights: prosecutors," 10 Aug. 2019 The kayaker reported the sighting to the harbor patrol office. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Juvenile great white shark spotted in Half Moon Bay area," 10 Aug. 2019 If convicted, the felony charge of making a terrorist threat in the second degree is punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, according to the prosecutor's office. CBS News, "Armed man arrested at Missouri Walmart says he wanted to know if store "honored the Second Amendment"," 10 Aug. 2019 The Turkish suppliers who provided the Avastin to the doctor's office were eventually prosecuted. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Counterfeit medication is endangering Arizonans. Here's what you need to know.," 9 Aug. 2019 The County Counsel’s Office, which functions as the attorney for the Sheriff’s Office, declined comment on the current investigation and referred an inquiry to the DA’s office. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office hit with corruption probe over concealed weapons permits," 9 Aug. 2019 Ben Platt leads the Netflix series about a high school student running in his class election The first photos from Ryan Murphy’s Netflix comedy The Politician have been elected to office. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange serve strong in The Politician first-look photos," 8 Aug. 2019 Both bills are sponsored by council members Clark, Stacie Gilmore, Amanda Sandoval, Amanda Sawyer, Candi CdeBaca, Paul Kashmann and Chris Hinds, according to the council office. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver council pushes “pollution tax” on business to pay for climate change initiative," 8 Aug. 2019 An indefatigable campaigner and public official, he was returned to office four times. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Thomas S. Gulotta, 75, Republican Who Led Nassau County, Dies," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of office

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for office

Middle English, "position of authority, duties of a position, proper function, ecclesiastical service, space used for business or domestic functions," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin officium "beneficial act in fulfillment of an obligation, duty, functions in a position, post" (Late Latin, "ecclesiastical service"), contraction of opificium (attested in sense "constructive work"), from opi- (base of opis, *ops "power, ability" and oper-, opus "work, effort") + facere "to make, do, bring about" + -ium, deverbal suffix of function or state — more at opus, do entry 1

Note: Though officium is formally a contraction of opificium, their senses diverge, the latter noun maintaining a transparent relation to the agent noun opifex "craftsman, artificer."

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office

noun

English Language Learners Definition of office

: a building or room in which people work at desks doing business or professional activities
: a room with a desk where a particular person works
chiefly US : a building or room where a doctor, lawyer, etc., works and meets with patients or clients

office

noun
of·​fice | \ ˈȯ-fəs How to pronounce office (audio) \

Kids Definition of office

1 : a place where business is done or a service is supplied a doctor's office
2 : a special duty or position and especially one of authority in government My uncle wants to run for office.

office

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Legal Definition of office

1 : a special duty, charge, or position conferred by governmental authority and for a public purpose qualified to hold public office broadly : a special duty or position of authority hold an office of trust
2 : a place where business or administration is conducted or services are performed
3 : a special administrative department or unit office of the district attorney

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