WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
of•fi•cer /ˈɔfəsɚ, ˈɑfə-/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the armed services, esp. one holding a commission.
  2. a member of a police department.
  3. a person who is appointed or elected to a position of responsibility or authority in an organization.
See -oper-, -fac-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
of•fi•cer  fə sər, ofə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the army, navy, air force, or any similar organization, esp. one who holds a commission.
  2. a member of a police department or a constable.
  3. a person licensed to take full or partial responsibility for the operation of a merchant ship or other large civilian ship; a master or mate.
  4. a person appointed or elected to some position of responsibility or authority in the government, a corporation, a society, etc.
  5. (in some honorary orders) a member of any rank except the lowest.
  6. [Obs.]an agent.

v.t. 
  1. to furnish with officers.
  2. to command or direct as an officer does.
  3. to direct, conduct, or manage.
of•fi•ce•ri•al  fə sər, ofə-),USA pronunciation adj.  offi•cer•less, adj. 
offi•cer•ship′, offi•cer•hood′, n. 
  • Medieval Latin officiārius, equivalent. to Latin offici(um) office + -ārius -ary; see -er2, -ier2
  • Anglo-French; Middle French officier
  • Middle English 1275–1325


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

officer /ˈɒfɪsə/ n
  1. a person in the armed services who holds a position of responsibility, authority, and duty, esp one who holds a commission
  2. See police officer
  3. (on a non-naval ship) any person including the captain and mate, who holds a position of authority and responsibility: radio officer, engineer officer
  4. a person appointed or elected to a position of responsibility or authority in a government, society, etc
  5. a government official: a customs officer
  6. (in the Order of the British Empire) a member of the grade below commander
vb (transitive)
  1. to furnish with officers
  2. to act as an officer over (some section, group, organization, etc)



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