Definition of "office" []

  • A place in which business, clerical, or professional activities are conducted. (noun)
  • The administrative personnel, executives, or staff working in such a place. (noun)
  • A duty or function assigned to or assumed by someone. See Synonyms at function. (noun)
  • A position of authority, duty, or trust given to a person, as in a government or corporation: the office of vice president. (noun)
  • A subdivision of a governmental department: the U.S. Patent Office. (noun)
  • A room or set of rooms in which business, professional duties, clerical work, etc, are carried out (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The building or buildings in which the work of an organization, such as a business or government department, is carried out (noun)
  • A commercial or professional business (noun)
  • The group of persons working in an office (noun)
  • (in Britain) a department of the national government (noun)
  • A governmental agency, esp of the Federal government (noun)
  • A subdivision of such an agency or of a department (noun)
  • A position of trust, responsibility, or duty, esp in a government or organization (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • Duty or function (noun)
  • A minor task or service (noun)
  • An action performed for another, usually a beneficial action (noun)
  • A place where tickets, information, etc, can be obtained (noun)
  • A ceremony or service, prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities, esp one for the dead (noun)
  • The order or form of these (noun)
  • The official daily service (noun)
  • The parts of a house or estate where work is done, goods are stored, etc (noun)
  • A lavatory (esp in the phrase usual offices) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "office" in a sentence
  • "Replacing the receiver, he thought urgently of some second-choice number where there would be no answer out of office hours and decided on his solicitor: Those buggers hardly ever turned up even _within _office hours."
  • "A passage frown Jerome's _Epistle to Evangelus_ is often quoted in works on church government, as equalising, or nearly so, the office of bishop and presbyter; but the drift of the argument seems to be, to show that the _site_ of a bishop's see, be it great or small, important or otherwise, does not affect the episcopal _office_."
  • "At the office -- at the _office_, mind -- I received a letter from"