office meaning

[ 'ɔfis ] Pronunciation:   "office" in a sentence
Noun: office  ófis
  1. Place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed
    "he rented an office in the new building"
    - business office 
  2. An administrative unit of government
    "Office of Management and Budget"
    - agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, authority 
  3. The actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
    - function, part, role 
  4. (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"
    - power 
  5. Professional or clerical workers in an office
    "the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"
    - office staff 
  6. A religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities
    "the offices of the mass" 
  7. A job in an organization
    - position, post, berth, spot, billet, place, situation

Derived forms: offices

See also: official, officiate

Type of: administrative body, administrative unit, business, business establishment, duty, job, line, line of work, occupation, place of business, religious rite, rite, staff, state

Part of: office block, office building

Encyclopedia: Office

AmE ; / noun


1 [C]

a room, set of rooms or building where people work, usually sitting at desks:

The company is moving to new offices on the other side of town.

We have offices in 19 countries.

The bank expects to open a Hong Kong office next year.

Are you going to the office today?

an office manager

❖ a branch/local/overseas/regional office

◆ to close (down)/open/set up an office

◆ office jobs/work office staff/workers

2 [C]

a room in which a particular person works, usually at a desk:

Is Ms Kent in her office?

Some people have to share an office.

office furniture


❖ office equipment/furniture/supplies

3 [C] (often used in compounds)

a room or building used for a particular purpose, especially to provide information or a service:

the local tourist office

a tax office

an employment office

the company's sales office

4 [U,C]

an important position of authority, especially in government; the work and duties connected with this:

She has been disqualified from holding corporate office.

The present government took office in 2005.

❖ to hold/leave/take office

◆ to be in/out of office

corporate/executive/public office

An enduring organization that is formed around a specific function within a joint force commander’s headquarters to coordinate and manage support requirements.
(JP 3-33)

An office is a right to exercise a public function or employment and to take the fees and emoluments belonging to it.

Offices may be classed into civil and military.

Civil offices may be classed into political, judicial, and ministerial.

The political offices are such as are not connected immediately with the administration of justice, or the execution of the mandates of a superior officer; the office of the president of the United States, of the heads of departments, of the members of the legislature, are of this number.

The judicial offices are those which relate to the administration of justice, and which must be exercised by persons of sufficient skill and experience in the duties which appertain to them.

Ministerial offices are those which give the officer no power to judge of the matter to be done, and require him to obey the mandates of a superior. It is a general rule, that a judicial office cannot be exercised by deputy while a ministerial may.

In the United, States, the tenure of office never extends beyond good behaviour. In England, offices are public or private. The former affect the people generally, the latter are such as concern particular districts, belonging to private individuals. In the United States, all offices, according to the above definition, are public; but in another sense, employments of a private nature are also called offices; for example, the office of president of a bank, the office of director of a corporation.

Military offices consist of such as are granted to soldiers or naval officers.

The room in which the business of an officer is transacted is also called an office, as the land office.

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  1. the whole office was at her wedding.
  2. let us join in that tender office.
  3. there is nobody to staff the office today.
  4. a friend of mine is running for office.
  5. i can not get off the office treadmill.

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