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official

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noun of·fi·cial \ə-ˈfi-shəl, ō-\

Definition of official

  1. 1 :  one who holds or is invested (see 1invest 1) with an office :  officer government officials A company official responded to our request.

  2. 2 :  one who administers the rules of a game or sport especially as a referee or umpire a football official

Examples of official in a sentence

  1. She interviewed a senior official from the previous administration.

  2. A company official responded to our request.

14th Century

First Known Use of official

14th century


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official

adjective of·fi·cial

Definition of official

  1. 1 :  of or relating to an office, position, or trust official duties official documents

  2. 2 :  holding an office :  having authority the president's official representative

  3. 3a :  authoritative, authorized official statement an official biographyb :  prescribed or recognized as authorized an official languagec :  described by the U.S. Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary The official drug is sold under several trade names.

  4. 4 :  befitting or characteristic of a person in office extended an official greeting official condolences

officially

play \ə-ˈfi-sh(ə-)lē, ō-\ adverb

Examples of official in a sentence

  1. She was accused of destroying official documents.

  2. Her illness did not prevent her from performing her official duties.

  3. The Vice President is on an official trip.

  4. We extended an official greeting to the ambassador.

Circa 1585

First Known Use of official

circa 1585


OFFICIAL Defined for English Language Learners

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official

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noun of·fi·cial \ə-ˈfi-shəl, ō-\

Definition of official for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has a position of authority in a company, organization, or government : a person who holds an office

  • : a person (such as a referee or umpire) who makes sure that players are following the rules of a game


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official

adjective of·fi·cial

Definition of official for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the job or work of someone in a position of authority

  • —used to describe something that is said in a public way by someone in a position of authority

  • —used to describe something that is done in a public and often formal way


OFFICIAL Defined for Kids

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official

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noun of·fi·cial \ə-ˈfi-shəl\

Definition of official for Students

  1. :  a person who holds a position of authority in an organization or government


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official

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adjective of·fi·cial

Definition of official for Students

  1. 1 :  relating to a position of authority official duties

  2. 2 :  having authority to perform a duty the official referee

  3. 3 :  coming from or meeting the requirements of an authority an official team baseball We're waiting for the official announcement.

  4. 4 :  proper for a person in office The White House is the President's official residence.

officially

adverb

Medical Dictionary

official

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adjective of·fi·cial \ə-ˈfish-əl\

Medical Definition of official

  1. :  prescribed or recognized as authorized; specifically :  described by the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary—compare nonofficial, unofficial

officially

\-ˈfish-(ə-)lē\play adverb

Law Dictionary

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official

noun of·fi·cial

Legal Definition of official

  1. :  one who holds or is invested with an office especially in government a municipal official


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official

adjective of·fi·cial

Legal Definition of official

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or holding an office, position, or trust official duties

  2. 2 :  fully authorized an official policy of the bank

officially

adverb


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