Definitions for: Office


[n]
[n] 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"
[n] a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities; "the offices of the mass"
[n] place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed; "he rented an office in the new building"
[n] an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
[n] professional or clerical workers in an office; "the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"
[n] (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 power"



Webster (1913) Definition: Of"fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops
ability, wealth, holp + facere to do or make. See Opulent,
Fact.]
1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by
appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary
duty, or a duty that arises from the relations of man to
man; as, kind offices, pious offices.

I would I could do a good office between you.
--Shak.

2. A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by
authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or
authority; as, an executive or judical office; a municipal
office.

3. A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God
himself; as, the office of a priest under the old
dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new.

Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I
magnify mine office. --Rom. xi. 13.

4. That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done,
by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to
perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent
beings.

They [the eyes] resign their office and their light.
--Shak.

Hesperus, whose office is to bring Twilight upon the
earth. --Milton.

In this experiment the several intervals of the
teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms.
--Sir I.
Newton.

5. The place where a particular kind of business or service
for others is transacted; a house or apartment in which
public officers and others transact business; as, the
register's office; a lawyer's office.

6. The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose
place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the
office.

7. pl. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics
discharge the duties attached to the service of a house,
as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. [Eng.]

As for the offices, let them stand at distance.
--Bacon.

8. (Eccl.) Any service other than that of ordination and the
Mass; any prescribed religious service.

This morning was read in the church, after the
office was done, the declaration setting forth the
late conspiracy against the king's person. --Evelyn.

Holy office. Same as Inquisition, n., 3.

Houses of office. Same as def. 7 above. --Chaucer.

Little office (R.C.Ch.), an office recited in honor of the
Virgin Mary.

Office bearer, an officer; one who has a specific office or
duty to perform.

Office copy (Law), an authenticated or certified copy of a
record, from the proper office. See Certified copies,
under Copy. --Abbott.

Office-found (Law), the finding of an inquest of office.
See under Inquest.

Office holder. See Officeholder in the Vocabulary


Of`fice, v. t.
To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge. [Obs.]
--Shak.

Synonyms: agency, authority, berth, bureau, business office, federal agency, function, government agency, office staff, part, place, position, post, power, role, situation, spot

See Also: academicianship, accountantship, administrative body, administrative unit, admiralty, AEC, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, Atomic Energy Commission, attorneyship, bailiffship, bishopry, box office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Census, business, business establishment, cadetship, caliphate, capacity, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, Census Bureau, Center for Disease Control, central bank, Central Intelligence Agency, central office, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, child welfare agency, child welfare service, CIA, clerkship, commandership, Comptroller of the Currency, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, countinghouse, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, directorship, discipleship, Divine Office, duty, editorship, eldership, emirate, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, executive agency, executive clemency, FBI, FDA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Housing Administration, FHA, Food and Drug Administration, Foreign Service, foremanship, generalship, government office, governorship, hat, headquarters, headship, home office, hot seat, ICC, incumbency, Inland Revenue, inspectorship, instructorship, Internal Revenue Service, internship, Interstate Commerce Commission, IR, IRS, job, judgeship, judgship, judicature, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieu, lieutenancy, life office, line, line of work, Little Office, loan office, local authority, magistracy, main office, managership, Manhattan Project, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Labor Relations Board, National Park Service, National Weather Service, newsroom, NRC, NRLB, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, occupation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, office block, office building, Ordnance Survey, organ, OSHA, patent office, place of business, portfolio, redevelopment authority, regulatory agency, regulatory authority, religious rite, rite, SEC, second fiddle, secret service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Selective Service, Selective Service System, shipping office, Social Security Administration, staff, state, stead, ticket booth, ticket office, UN agency, United Nations agency, weather bureau

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