What does OFFICE mean?

Definitions for OFFICE
ˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪsof·fice

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word OFFICE.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. office, business officenoun

    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, authoritynoun

    an administrative unit of government

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

  3. function, office, part, rolenoun

    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, powernoun

    (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 staffnoun

    professional or clerical workers in an office

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

  6. officenoun

    a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities

    "the offices of the mass"

  7. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situationnoun

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"


  1. Officenoun

    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.


  1. officenoun

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

  2. officenoun

    A bureau, an administrative unit of government.

  3. officenoun

    A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation.

  4. officenoun

    Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature.

  5. officenoun

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

  6. officenoun

    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. officenoun

    A task that one feels obliged to do.

  8. officenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OFFICEnoun

    Etymology: office, Fr. officium, Latin.

    You have contriv’d to take
    From Rome all season’d office, and to wind
    Yourself into a power tyrannical. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Methought this staff, mine office-badge in court,
    Was broke in twain. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    The insolence of office. William Shakespeare.

    All things that you should use to do me wrong,
    Deny their office. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    In this experiment the several intervals of the teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms, every interval producing the phenomenon of one prism. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    The sun was sunk, and after him the star
    Of Hesperus, whose office is to bring
    Twilight upon the earth. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    Wolves and bears
    Casting their savageness aside, have done
    Like offices of pity. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Mrs. Ford, I see you are obsequious in your love, and I profess requital to a hair’s breadth; not only in the simple office of love, but in all the accoustrement, complement, and ceremony of it. William Shakespeare, Merry W. of Windsor.

    I would I could do a good office between you. William Shakespeare.

    The wolf took this occasion to do the fox a good office. Roger L'Estrange.

    You who your pious offices employ
    To save the reliques of abandon’d Troy. John Dryden, Virg.

    This gate
    Instructs you how t’ adore the heavens, and bows you
    To morning’s holy office. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Whosoever hath children or servants, let him take care that they say their prayers before they begin their work: the Lord’s prayer, the ten commandments, and the creed, is a very good office for them, if they are not fitted for more regular offices. Jeremy Taylor, Devotion.

    What do we but draw anew the model
    In fewer offices? at least desist
    To build at all. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Let offices stand at distance, with some low galleries to pass from them to the palace itself. Francis Bacon.

    What shall good old York see there,
    But empty lodgings and unfurnish’d walls,
    Unpeopled offices, untroden stones? William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    Empson and Dudley, though they could not but hear of these scruples in the king’s conscience, yet as if the king’s soul and his money were in several offices, that the one was not to intermeddle with the other, went on with as great rage as ever. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

  2. To Officeverb

    To perform; to discharge; to do.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I will be gone, altho’
    The air of Paradise did fan the house,
    And angels offic’d all. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.


  1. office

    An office refers to a physical or virtual space where professional or administrative tasks are conducted, typically as part of a larger organization or business. It often serves as a central hub for employees to work, collaborate, communicate, and complete job responsibilities. Offices are equipped with necessary tools, equipment, technology, and resources to facilitate work efficiency and productivity. The term "office" can also be used to describe the collective group of employees or personnel working within an organization.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Office

    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

  1. office

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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. office

    Any place or department appointed for the officers and clerks to attend in, for the discharge of their respective employments; as, the adjutant-general’s office, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. office

    A type of open plan space where people work together with perfect, easy, accurate, simple, specific efficient and effective budgets, goals, law, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategy, structure, systems, vision, treaties, communication and interaction.

    The office is beautiful open plan and spacious and light.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Office is ranked #68547 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Office surname appeared 287 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Office.

    81.8% or 235 total occurrences were Black.
    14.6% or 42 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of OFFICE in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of OFFICE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of OFFICE in a Sentence

  1. Paul Pate:

    Additionally, the Iowa Secretary of State's Office never 'grades' voters. Nor does the Secretary of State maintain records related to Iowa Caucus participation, also, the Iowa Secretary of State does not 'distribute' voter records. They are available for purchase for political purposes only, under Iowa Code.

  2. Patrick Murray:

    Once again, the three candidates who have never held political office combine for a majority of support in a GOP primary poll, this race has turned into the 'Festivus' campaign.

  3. Eric Schmitt:

    Unfortunately, the Biden DOJ has used this lawsuit as a pretext for them to pull the plug on our successful and innovative federal-state crime-fighting partnership, the Safer Streets Initiative, since I launched the Safer Streets Initiative in 2019, we’ve filed over 650 charges against nearly 390 defendants with a conviction rate of roughly 98%. My Office has fought to continue the initiative, but this initiative has been suspended solely because of the Biden Administration’s actions.

  4. Sarah Williams:

    I am really keen to get back to the office, for me, that blurring of the lines between home and work has been tough because I've felt like I am living at work rather than working at home.

  5. Stan Collender:

    This could be the beginning of the end of the congressional budget office if it loses credibility, it's not clear that whoever the Republicans pick will be nonpartisan. The fact that it's been relatively true in the past doesn't mean it's going to continue in the future.

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
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