of·​fi·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce officiate (audio) \
officiated; officiating

Definition of officiate

intransitive verb

1 : to perform a ceremony, function, or duty officiate at a wedding
2 : to act in an official capacity : act as an official (as at a sports contest)

transitive verb

1 : to carry out (an official duty or function)
2 : to serve as a leader or celebrant of (a ceremony)
3 : to administer the rules of (a game or sport) especially as a referee or umpire

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Other Words from officiate

officiation \ ə-​ˌfi-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce officiation (audio) \ noun

Examples of officiate in a Sentence

The bishop officiated the memorial Mass. Two referees officiated the hockey game.

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O’Malley told mourners Wednesday after officiating at the funeral Mass for Father Borges, which was held in St. Albert the Great Church. J.m. Lawrence,, "Rev. Laurence J. Borges, 87; served as pastor at Weymouth church 3 times," 27 Mar. 2018 Nicole Perdue got worried when the person who was supposed to officiate at her wedding stopped returning her messages. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Ordained Milwaukee TV news anchor agrees to marry a local couple," 28 June 2018 Specifically, officiating in 2018 helps teams pass the ball. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Behind the NFL’s Highest-Ever Scoring Season," 10 Oct. 2018 From Magen David Square, and just 10 minutes by foot from the beach, a sea of low-slung stands and mismatched awnings rush about a quarter of a mile along HaCarmel Street, a pedestrianized street officiated in the 1920s. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "A taste of Tel Aviv's largest open-air market," 19 June 2018 Megan’s brother, the comedian John Reynolds, officiated the ceremony, which, suffice to say, induced guests and the betrothed to tears of laughter. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019 Madalene's son Anthony Pellegrino officiated the low-key ceremony attended by three guests: Koehler's son, his girlfriend, and a friend of Pellegrino. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Connecticut couple hikes into Grand Canyon to say 'I do'," 6 June 2018 The ship's captain officiated — and serenaded them with a traditional Greendlandic love song. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "This Couple Has Been Married 12 Times," 12 Aug. 2015 Griffin appeared to bat down a pass from 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens to former Washington Husky star Dante Pettis before the flag was thrown by Peter Morelli’s officiating crew. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks set new single-game franchise record for penalty yards in stunning overtime loss to 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of officiate

1623, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for officiate

borrowed from Medieval Latin officiātus, past participle of officiāre "to perform a function, perform priestly duties," going back to Late Latin officiārī "to perform a function," derivative of Latin officium "duty, office"

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English Language Learners Definition of officiate

formal : to perform the official duties of a ceremony
sports : to be a referee, umpire, or judge at a game, tournament, etc.


of·​fi·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce officiate (audio) \
officiated; officiating

Kids Definition of officiate

1 : to perform a ceremony or duty A bishop officiated at the wedding.
2 : to act as an officer : preside She officiated at the annual meeting.

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