officiate

verb of·fi·ci·ate \ ə-ˈfi-shē-ˌāt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of officiate

officiated; officiating
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

officiation

play \ə-ˌfi-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun

Examples of officiate in a Sentence

  1. The bishop officiated the memorial Mass.

  2. Two referees officiated the hockey game.

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Origin and Etymology of 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"


OFFICIATE Defined for English Language Learners

officiate

verb

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

officiate

verb of·fi·ci·ate \ ə-ˈfi-shē-ˌāt \

Definition of officiate for Students

officiated; officiating
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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