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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Other Words from semiofficial

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

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Sufi leader's backer sentenced to death in Iran: The semiofficial Iranian Students' News Agency said a Sufi leader's supporter who rammed a bus into a group of police officers, killing three and injuring 30, has been sentenced to death. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 4, 2018," 4 Apr. 2018 The semiofficial Tasnim News Agency quoted a judiciary spokesman as saying that the three had been charged in two separate cases. Washington Post, "World Digest: Sept. 17, 2019," 17 Sep. 2019 Rouhani said during a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, according to the semiofficial Iranian news agency Tasnim. Megan Specia,, "Iran’s Rouhani says no talks with Trump until sanctions are lifted," 27 Aug. 2019 Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency quoted an Iranian official as saying Monday, in an apparent nod to Zakka’s status as a U.S. resident. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iran frees U.S. resident Nizar Zakka from prison, lawyer says," 11 June 2019 South Korea’s semiofficial Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday that Vietnamese officials had alerted North Korea of their desire to host the next U.S.-North Korea summit. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korean Leader’s Beijing Visit Underscores China’s Pivotal Role," 8 Jan. 2019 This remarkable new box set spans four concerts from the Davis quintet’s fractious tour, which have been passed around for years in semiofficial packages but have never before received the proper Columbia remaster-and-release treatment. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Shawn Mendes Shows His Scars, and 9 More New Songs," 23 Mar. 2018 The semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported that Ali Asghar Zarean, deputy head of Iran’s nuclear department, said Tehran had increased the number of its centrifuges to 1,044 at the Fordo underground facility. Jon Gambrell,, "Stern words from Iran: US cannot ‘expect to stay safe’," 10 June 2019 The semiofficial Tasnim News Agency quoted Mr. Ghasemi as saying the Foreign Ministry had summoned the Iraqi ambassador to convey Iran’s strong objection to the way Iraq handled the situation. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Iraqi Protesters Torch Iranian Consulate," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of semiofficial

1806, in the meaning defined above

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