office, business office(noun)
place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed
"he rented an office in the new building"
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"
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"
(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"
office, office staff(noun)
professional or clerical workers in an office
"the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"
a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities
"the offices of the mass"
position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation(noun)
a job in an organization
"he occupied a post in the treasury"
The place where any kind of business or service for others is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in which public officers or workers in any organization transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office.
Origin: [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See Opulent, Fact.]
A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed.
A bureau, an administrative unit of government.
A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation.
Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature.
Religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister
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.
A task that one feels obliged to do.
The parts of a house given over to household work, storage etc.
Origin: From office, offis etc., and office, from officium, probably a contraction of opificium, from opifex, from opus + facere.
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
of′is, n. settled duty or employment: a position imposing certain duties or giving a right to exercise an employment: business: act of worship: order or form of a religious service, either public or private: that which a thing is designed or fitted to do: a place where business is carried on: (pl.) acts of good or ill: service: the apartments of a house in which the domestics discharge their duties.—ns. Off′ice-bear′er, one who holds office: one who has an appointed duty to perform in connection with some company, society, &c.; Off′icer, one who holds an office: a person who performs some public duty: a person entrusted with responsibility in the army or navy.—v.t. to furnish with officers: to command, as officers.—adj. Offic′ial, pertaining to an office: depending on the proper office or authority: done by authority.—n. one who holds an office: a subordinate public officer: the deputy of a bishop, &c.—ns. Offic′ialism, official position: excessive devotion to official routine and detail; Official′ity, Offic′ialty, the charge, office, or jurisdiction of an official: the official headquarters of an ecclesiastical or other deliberative and governing body.—adv. Offic′ially.—n. Offic′iant, one who officiates at a religious service, one who administers a sacrament.—v.i. Offic′iāte, to perform the duties of an office: (with for) to perform official duties in place of another.—n. Offic′iātor.—Give the office (slang), to suggest, supply information; Holy office, the Inquisition. [Fr.,—L. officium.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
An enduring organization that is formed around a specific function within a joint force commander
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'office' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #328
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'office' in Written Corpus Frequency: #520
Rank popularity for the word 'office' in Nouns Frequency: #83
The numerical value of office in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of office in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I took a look around the office. ... I walked out and closed the door behind me. I knew that I would not be back there again. (On leaving the Executive Office Building)
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government they have only a talent for getting and holding office.
People are no longer bound by the nine-to-five, or having to physically be in an office, With a mixture of the office, home and third place, you can be there to pick up the children from school, get to that important event and cut down on commuting times.
Funny, I don't remember Chuck Schumer giving that advice when he was privately and publicly championing the Affordable Care Act in 2010, so what exactly does Chuck Schumer believe was the error? Does he believe that the goal of winning office is winning office?
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Translations for office
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- канто́ра, бюро́, о́фисBulgarian
- oficinaCatalan, Valencian
- funkce, kancelář, úřadCzech
- bureau, kontorDanish
- Büro, Amt, DienstGerman
- oficejo, oficoEsperanto
- دفتر, ادارهPersian
- virasto, toimisto, toimipaikka, ministeriö, virka, liikehuoneisto, konttoriFinnish
- bons offices, bon office, office, bureauFrench
- dreuchd, oifisScottish Gaelic
- ऑफ़िस, दफ़तरHindi
- iroda, hivatalHungarian
- պաշտոն, բյուրո, գրասենյակArmenian
- 執務室, 事務室, 事務所, オフィスJapanese
- ოფისი, ბიუროGeorgian
- 사무실, 사무소, 事務所, 事務室Korean
- ministrija, dievkalpojums, pārvalde, ceremonija, kantoris, postenis, birojs, pakalpojums, amatsLatvian
- управа, канцела́рија, уред, дирекцијаMacedonian
- pejabat, opisMalay
- bureau, dienst, overheidsdienst, invloed, kantoorDutch
- urząd, biuro, stanowisko, funkcjaPolish
- mediação, escritórioPortuguese
- funcție, birou, departament, oficiu, ministerRomanian
- бюро, кабине́т, о́фис, ведомство, канцеля́рия, услуга, помощь, конто́ра, министерство, бюро́, управлениеRussian
- пословница, ured, управа, biro, pisarnica, uprava, биро, kancelarija, канцеларија, poslovnica, писарница, уред, upraviteljstvo, управитељствоSerbo-Croatian
- pisarna, uradSlovene
- kontor, byråSwedish
- afisi, ofisiSwahili
- büro, ofis, iş yeriTurkish
- бюро́, о́фіс, конто́раUkrainian
- دفتر, آفسUrdu
- văn phòngVietnamese
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