Definitions for officeˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

of•ficeˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs(n.)

  1. a place where business is conducted.

  2. a room assigned to a specific person or a group of persons in such a place.

  3. a business or professional organization:

    working in an architect's office.

  4. the staff that works in a place of business.

  5. a position of duty, trust, or authority:

    the office of president.

  6. employment or position as an official:

    to seek office.

  7. the duty, function, or part of a particular person or agency; responsibility; charge.

  8. (usu. cap.) a government agency, or a division of a government department:

    Office of Community Services.

    Category: Government

  9. (usu. cap.) a department of the national government in Great Britain:

    the Foreign Office.

    Category: Government

  10. Often, offices. something, whether good or bad, done or said for or to another:

    the good offices of a friend.

  11. the prescribed order or form for a service of the church or for devotional use. the services so prescribed. Divine Office. a ceremony or rite, esp. for the dead.

    Category: Religion

  12. offices, Chiefly Brit. the parts of a house, as the kitchen, pantry, or laundry, devoted mainly to household work.

    Category: British

Origin of office:

1200–50; ME < OF < L officium service, duty, ceremony, der. of opus work +facere to make, do

Princeton's WordNet

  1. office, business office(noun)

    place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed

    "he rented an office in the new building"

  2. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority(noun)

    an administrative unit of government

    "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

  3. function, office, part, role(noun)

    the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

    "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"

  4. office, power(noun)

    (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power

    "being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in office"; "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president"

  5. office, office staff(noun)

    professional or clerical workers in an office

    "the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"

  6. office(noun)

    a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities

    "the offices of the mass"

  7. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation(noun)

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. office(noun)ˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs

    a building people work in

    a spacious office; the company's New York office

  2. officeˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs

    the place you work

    I left the office around 5:30 yesterday.

  3. officeˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs

    a place that provides an official service or information

    a tourist office; the Office of Emergency Management

  4. officeˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs

    an official position or job

    He held the office of prime minister for over ten years.; The chairman has retired after five years in office.


  1. office(Noun)

    A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed.

  2. office(Noun)

    A bureau, an administrative unit of government.

  3. office(Noun)

    A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation.

  4. office(Noun)

    Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature.

  5. office(Noun)

    Religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister

  6. office(Noun)

    Major administrative division, notably in certain governmental administrations, either at ministry level (e.g. the British Home Office) or within or dependent on such a department.

  7. office(Noun)

    A task that one feels obliged to do.

  8. office(Noun)

    The parts of a house given over to household work, storage etc.

  9. Origin: From office, offis etc., and office, from officium, probably a contraction of opificium, from opifex, from opus + facere.


  1. Office

    An office is generally a room or other area where people work, but may also denote a position within an organization with specific duties attached to it; the latter is in fact an earlier usage, office as place originally referring to the location of one's duty. When used as an adjective, the term "office" may refer to business-related tasks. In legal writing, a company or organization has offices in any place that it has an official presence, even if that presence consists of, for example, a storage silo rather than an office. An office is an architectural and design phenomenon, whether it is a small office such as a bench in the corner of a small business of extremely small size through entire floors of buildings up to and including massive buildings dedicated entirely to one company. In modern terms an office usually refers to the location where white-collar workers are employed.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. office

    An enduring organization that is formed around a specific function within a joint force commander

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'office' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #328

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'office' in Written Corpus Frequency: #520

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'office' in Nouns Frequency: #83

Anagrams of office

  1. coiffe

Translations for office

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the room or building in which the business of a firm is done

The firm's head offices are in New York; (also adjective) office furniture.

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