semi·​of·​fi·​cial | \ ˌse-mē-ə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce semiofficial (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ō- \

Definition of semiofficial

: having some official authority or standing

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semiofficially \ ˌse-​mē-​ˈfi-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce semiofficially (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ , -​ō-​ \ adverb

Examples of semiofficial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The semiofficial Tasnim news agency said Ali Akbar Salehi, also a vice president of Iran, had been confirmed positive last week and has been in home quarantine since. Washington Post, "World Digest: Oct. 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 The 47-year-old official disappeared off the ship on Monday near the disputed maritime boundary with North Korea, the semiofficial Yonhap news agency reported, citing unnamed intelligence officials. Washington Post, "North Korean troops shot and cremated missing South Korean official, Seoul says," 24 Sep. 2020 Also, Iran's semiofficial Tasnim news agency dismissed Mr. Trump's tweet in a feature story, saying that American sanctions have hurt Iranian hospitals amid the pandemic. CBS News, "Iran executes wrestler whose case drew Trump's attention," 12 Sep. 2020 However, Iran's semiofficial Tasnim news agency dismissed Trump's tweet in a feature story Friday, saying that American sanctions have hurt Iranian hospitals amid the pandemic. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Iran airs televised confession of wrestler after Trump tweet," 6 Sep. 2020 The country on Friday reported 324 more cases, raising its total to 16,670, the semiofficial Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washington Post, "Live updates: Coronavirus cases rise in young people in Europe as U.S. colleges try to crack down on parties," 21 Aug. 2020 Sulej knows professional archaeologists would never let the shoes stay in the woods in some semiofficial liminal state. Amos Barshad, Longreads, "Remembering the Things That Remain," 10 Aug. 2020 Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon’s daughter informed police that her father was missing, South Korea’s semiofficial Yonhap news agency reported, citing an anonymous police source. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, "Seoul mayor reported missing as police launch search operation," 9 July 2020 The comments came during a meeting with judicial figures, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency, and al-Qasimehr added that Iran intended to pursue prosecution of Trump even after his presidential term ends. Megan Specia,, "Iran issues arrest warrants for Trump and 35 others in Soleimani killing," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of semiofficial

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiofficial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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