Definition of Office

1. Noun. Place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed. "He rented an office in the new building"

2. Noun. An administrative unit of government. "Tennessee Valley Authority"
Exact synonyms: Agency, Authority, Bureau, Federal Agency, Government Agency
Specialized synonyms: Afrl, Air Force Research Laboratory, Ahpcrc, Army High Performance Computing Research Center, Naval Research Laboratory, Nrl, U.s. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Us Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Usacil
Generic synonyms: Administrative Body, Administrative Unit
Specialized synonyms: Executive Agency, Fda, Food And Drug Administration, Cdc, Center For Disease Control And Prevention, Counterterrorist Center, Ctc, Nonproliferation Center, Npc, Bureau Of The Census, Census Bureau, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Noaa, National Climatic Data Center, Ncdc, National Weather Service, Technology Administration, National Institute Of Standards And Technology, Nist, National Technical Information Service, Ntis, Darpa, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department Of Defense Laboratory System, Lablink, Department Of Energy Intelligence, Doei, Phs, United States Public Health Service, National Institutes Of Health, Nih, Bja, Bureau Of Justice Assistance, Bjs, Bureau Of Justice Statistics, Immigration And Naturalization Service, Ins, United States Border Patrol, Us Border Patrol, Bureau Of Diplomatic Security, Ds, Foreign Service, Bureau Of Intelligence And Research, Inr, Fws, United States Fish And Wildlife Service, Us Fish And Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Financial Management Service, Office Of Intelligence Support, Ois, Comptroller Of The Currency, Bureau Of Customs, Customs Bureau, Customs Service, Uscb, Bureau Of Engraving And Printing, Internal Revenue Service, Irs, Faa, Federal Aviation Agency, Transportation Security Administration, Tsa, Gao, Government Accounting Office, United States Government Accounting Office, Navy, United States Navy, Us Navy, Usn, U. S. Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard, Us Coast Guard, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Nawcwpns, Naval Special Warfare, Nsw, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Nswc, Naval Underwater Warfare Center, Nuwc, Office Of Naval Intelligence, Oni, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, Mcia, Air Force, U. S. Air Force, United States Air Force, Us Air Force, Usaf, Afisr, Air Force Intelligence Surveillance And Reconnaissance, Air Force Isr, Independent Agency, Advanced Research And Development Activity, Arda, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Reutilization And Marketing Service, Drms, Defense Technical Information Center, Dtic, Law Enforcement Agency, Occupational Safety And Health Administration, Osha, Organ, Patent And Trademark Office Database, Patent Office, Government Printing Office, Gpo, United States Government Printing Office, Us Government Printing Office, National Guard Bureau, Ngb, Army, U. S. Army, United States Army, Us Army, Usa, Ai, Army Intelligence, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Bmdo, Defense Information Systems Agency, Disa, National Geospatial-intelligence Agency, Nga, Casualty Care Research Center, Ccrc, Federal Housing Administration, Fha, Local Authority
Derivative terms: Official

3. Noun. The actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group. "Play its role"
Exact synonyms: Function, Part, Role
Generic synonyms: Duty
Specialized synonyms: Capacity, Hat, Portfolio, Lieu, Place, Position, Stead, Second Fiddle
Derivative terms: Function, Officiate, Officiate

4. Noun. (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power. "The power of the president"
Exact synonyms: Power
Generic synonyms: State
Category relationships: Administration, Governance, Governing, Government, Government Activity
Specialized synonyms: Executive Clemency, War Power
Derivative terms: Official, Officiate

5. Noun. Professional or clerical workers in an office. "The whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"
Exact synonyms: Office Staff
Generic synonyms: Staff

6. Noun. A religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities. "The offices of the mass"
Generic synonyms: Religious Rite, Rite
Specialized synonyms: Divine Office, Little Office, Office Of The Dead
Derivative terms: Official, Officiate, Officiate

7. Noun. A job in an organization. "He occupied a post in the treasury"
Exact synonyms: Berth, Billet, Place, Position, Post, Situation, Spot
Generic synonyms: Business, Job, Line, Line Of Work, Occupation
Specialized synonyms: Academicianship, Accountantship, Admiralty, Ambassadorship, Apostleship, Apprenticeship, Associateship, Attorneyship, Bailiffship, Baronetage, Bishopry, Episcopate, Cadetship, Caliphate, Captaincy, Captainship, Cardinalship, Chairmanship, Chancellorship, Chaplaincy, Chaplainship, Chieftaincy, Chieftainship, Clerkship, Commandership, Commandery, Comptrollership, Consulship, Controllership, Councillorship, Councilorship, Counsellorship, Counselorship, Curacy, Curatorship, Custodianship, Deanery, Deanship, Directorship, Discipleship, Editorship, Eldership, Emirate, Fatherhood, Fatherhood, Foremanship, Generalcy, Generalship, Governorship, Headship, Headship, Hot Seat, Incumbency, Inspectorship, Instructorship, Internship, Judgeship, Judicature, Khanate, Lectureship, Legateship, Legation, Legislatorship, Librarianship, Lieutenancy, Magistracy, Magistrature, Managership, Manhood, Marshalship, Mastership, Mayoralty, Messiahship, Moderatorship, Overlordship, Pastorate, Pastorship, Peasanthood, Plum, Praetorship, Precentorship, Preceptorship, Prefecture, Prelacy, Prelature, Premiership, Presidency, Presidentship, Primateship, Principalship, Priorship, Proconsulate, Proconsulship, Proctorship, Chair, Professorship, Protectorship, Public Office, Rabbinate, Receivership, Rectorate, Rectorship, Regency, Residency, Rulership, Sainthood, Secretaryship, Feudal Lordship, Seigneury, Seigniory, Senatorship, Sinecure, Solicitorship, Speakership, Stewardship, Studentship, Teachership, Thaneship, Throne, Treasurership, Tribuneship, Trusteeship, Vice-presidency, Viceroyship, Viziership, Wardenship, Wardership, Womanhood
Derivative terms: Officiate, Place, Place, Place, Post

Definition of Office

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge.

Definition of Office

1. Noun. A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed. ¹

2. Noun. A bureau, an administrative unit of government. ¹

3. Noun. A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation. ¹

4. Noun. Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature. ¹

5. Noun. Religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister ¹

6. Noun. 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. ¹

7. Noun. (obsolete) A task that one feels obliged to do. ¹

8. Noun. (in the plural) The parts of a house given over to household work, storage etc. ¹

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Definition of Office

1. a position of authority [n -S]

Medical Definition of Office

1. 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. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics discharge the duties attached to the service of a house, as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. "As for the offices, let them stand at distance." (Bacon) 8. 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. Houses of office. Same as def. 7 above. Little office, the finding of an inquest of office. See Inquest. Office holder. See Officeholder in the Vocabulary Origin: F, fr. L. Officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, holp + facere to do or make. See Opulent, Fact. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Office

office (current term)
office automation
office block
office boy
office boys
office building
office buildings
office chair
office chairs
office furniture
office hours

Literary usage of Office

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster, Edward Everett (1851)
"QUALIFICATIONS FOR office.* IN consequence of the separation of what is now the State of Maine from Massachusetts, in the year 1820, it became necessary to ..."

2. The Works of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster, Edward Everett (1860)
"QUALIFICATIONS FOR office.* IN consequence of the separation of what is now the State of Maine from Massachusetts, in the year 1820, it became necessary to ..."

3. Drug Addiction Research & the Health of Women edited by Cora L. Wetherington (1999)
"WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS Loretta P. Finnegan, MD Senior Adviser on Women's Issues office of the Director National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Finnegan ..."

4. Patent Essentials for the Executive, Engineer, Lawyer and Inventor: A by John Franklin Robb, George Prescott Tucker, Louis William Maxson, Edwin Clark Reynolds, Loren Alonzo Sadler, Edward Collins (1922)
"Patent office: Jurisdiction and Procedure.—Progress of an Invention through Patent office (From Application to Patent).—Brief Definitions of Patent Terms. ..."

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