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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Yes, officiating a factor in NHL above and beyond other sports. Matt Pepin,, "You had questions for Kevin Paul Dupont about the Bruins and Game 7? Here are some answers," 12 June 2019 Green thought he was fouled, but referee Eric Lewis, officiating his first NBA Finals game, granted the Raptors possession. Matt Schneidman, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ Draymond Green has to be extra careful in Game 6," 12 June 2019 Wrestling officials earn around $84 to officiate a varsity match. Phil Anastasia,, "NJSIAA nears ruling on Buena wrestling controversy," 5 June 2019 Not only were musicians like Diplo and Khalid there to celebrate with the newlyweds, but in classic Vegas fashion, a Elvis impersonator officiated the ceremony. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas' New Wife?," 2 May 2019 Mia’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and the couple worked with him closely to come up with something that respected their Jewish traditions but also felt relevant to their values. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Wedding in the Berkshires Turned Into an Exuberant Lawn Party," 9 Jan. 2019 Former co-host of The View, Michelle Collins, officiated the ceremony that took place at Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "EXCLUSIVE: Pre-K Sweethearts Who Matched Online 30 Years Later Welcome Baby Boy," 18 June 2018 Neighbor/landlord/preacher Jeremy officiated the ceremony, which began at 2 p.m. — exactly one year after Carole’s first plane to Oregon landed., "Philadelphia weddings: Carole Flynn and Brad Anderson," 2 May 2018 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

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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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