Definition of officiate
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)
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
officiationplay \ə-ˌfi-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun
Examples of officiate in a sentence
The bishop officiated the memorial Mass.
Two referees officiated the hockey game.
First Known Use of officiate
OFFICIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of officiate for English Language Learners
: to perform the official duties of a ceremony
sports : to be a referee, umpire, or judge at a game, tournament, etc.
OFFICIATE Defined for Kids
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