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of•fice /ˈɔfɪs, ˈɑfɪs/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a place where business, work, or one's job is conducted or accomplished.
  2. a group of persons in a place where business is conducted:[countable]The whole office contributed.
  3. a business or professional organization:[countable]a law office.
  4. a position of duty, trust, or authority:[uncountable]the office of president.
  5. employment or position as an official: [uncountable]to seek political office.[countable]He had never held a political office before this one.
  6. Government a government agency, or a division of a government department:[countable;  usually: Office;often: the + ~]the Foreign Office.
  7. Often,  offices. [plural] something done for another:Through the good offices of a friend I was hired.
See -oper-, -fac-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
of•fice  fis, ofis),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a room, set of rooms, or building where the business of a commercial or industrial organization or of a professional person is conducted:the main office of an insurance company; a doctor's office.
  2. a room assigned to a specific person or a group of persons in a commercial or industrial organization:Her office is next to mine.
  3. a business or professional organization:He went to work in an architect's office.
  4. the staff or designated part of a staff at a commercial or industrial organization:The whole office was at his wedding.
  5. a position of duty, trust, or authority, esp. in the government, a corporation, a society, or the like:She was elected twice to 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:to act in the office of adviser.
  8. Government(cap.) an operating agency or division of certain departments of the U.S. Government:Office of Community Services.
  9. Government, British Terms(cap.) [Brit.]a major administrative unit or department of the national government:the Foreign Office.
  10. Slang Termshint, signal, or warning;
    high sign.
  11. Often,  offices. something, whether good or bad, done or said for or to another:He obtained a position through the offices of a friend.
  12. Religion[Eccles.]
    • Religionthe prescribed order or form for a service of the church or for devotional use.
    • Religionthe services so prescribed.
    • ReligionAlso called  divine office. the prayers, readings from Scripture, and psalms that must be recited every day by all who are in major orders.
    • Religiona ceremony or rite, esp. for the dead.
  13. a service or task to be performed;
    chore:little domestic offices.
  14. British Termsoffices, [Chiefly Brit.]
    • the parts of a house, as the kitchen, pantry, or laundry, devoted mainly to household work.
    • the stables, barns, cowhouses, etc., of a farm.
  15. Slang Terms[Older Slang.]privy.
office•less, adj. 
  • Latin officium service, duty, ceremony, presumably contraction of opificium, equivalent. to opi-, combining form akin to opus opus + -fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ium -ium
  • Old French
  • Middle English 1200–50
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged post, station, berth, situation. See  appointment. 
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged responsibility, charge, trust.
    • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged work, duty.

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office /ˈɒfɪs/ n
  1. a room or set of rooms in which business, professional duties, clerical work, etc, are carried out
  2. (as modifier): office furniture, an office boy
  3. (often plural) the building or buildings in which the work of an organization, such as a business or government department, is carried out
  4. a commercial or professional business: the architect's office approved the plans
  5. the group of persons working in an office: it was a happy office until she came
  6. (capital when part of a name) (in Britain) a department of the national government: the Home Office
  7. (capital when part of a name)(in the US) a governmental agency, esp of the Federal government
  8. a subdivision of such an agency or of a department: Office of Science and Technology
  9. a position of trust, responsibility, or duty, esp in a government or organization: the office of president, to seek office
  10. (in combination): an office-holder
  11. duty or function: the office of an administrator
  12. (often plural) a minor task or service: domestic offices
  13. (often plural) an action performed for another, usually a beneficial action: through his good offices
  14. a place where tickets, information, etc, can be obtained: a ticket office
  15. (often plural) a ceremony or service, prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities, esp one for the dead
  16. the official daily service
  17. short for divine office
  18. (plural) the parts of a house or estate where work is done, goods are stored, etc
  19. (usually plural) Brit euphemistic a lavatory (esp in the phrase usual offices)
  20. in office(of a government) in power
  21. out of office(of a government) out of power
  22. the officeslang a hint or signal
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin officium service, duty, from opus work, service + facere to do

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