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  1. of·fice
  2. noun

    • 1. a room, set of rooms, or building used as a place for commercial, professional, or bureaucratic work:

      an office job computers first appeared in offices in the late 1970s
      Synonym : place of business, place of work, workplace, workroom, studio, headquarters, base, center
    • 2. the local center of a large business:

      a company that has four U.S. and four European offices
    • 3. a room, department, or building used to provide a particular service:

      a ticket office a Post Office
    • 4. the consulting room of a professional person.

    • 5. a position of authority or service, typically one of a public nature:

      the office of attorney general
    • 6. tenure of an official position, especially a government position:

      a year ago, when the President took office he was ejected from office in 1988
    • 7. the quarters, staff, or collective authority of a particular government department or agency:

      the Foreign Office
    • 8. a service or kindness done for another person or group of people:

      rescued through the good offices of the Italian Ambassador, he was returned safely to England
      Synonym : assistance, help, aid, services, intervention, intercession, mediation, intermediation, agency, support, backing, patronage, aegis, auspices, advocacy
    • 9. a duty attaching to one's position; a task or function:

      the offices of a nurse
    • 10. the series of services of prayers and psalms said (or chanted) daily by Roman Catholic priests, members of religious orders, and other clergy.

    • 11. a prayer service conducted daily as part of the Divine Office:

      the noon office
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: office, plural noun: offices

    • adjective

      not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others:

      not meant to be known as such by others:

    • noun

      something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others:

      something that is not properly understood; a mystery:

    • noun

      (in Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox Churches) an ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest.

      (in some Protestant churches) a lay officer appointed to assist a minister, especially in secular affairs.

    • verb

      appoint or ordain as a deacon.
    • noun

      a body of Church elders and ministers, especially (in Presbyterian Churches) an administrative body (court) representing all the local congregations of a district.

      a district represented by a presbytery.

    • noun

      (in the Episcopal Church) a member of the clergy who has charge of a parish.

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a priest in charge of a church or of a religious institution.

    • adjective

      feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant:
    • noun

      a person who repents their sins or wrongdoings and (in the Christian Church) seeks forgiveness from God.

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a person who confesses their sins to a priest and submits to the penance that he imposes.

    • noun

      a prison for people convicted of serious crimes.

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a priest charged with certain aspects of the administration of the sacrament of penance.

    • noun

      the title of a priest or chaplain in some regions.

      a chaplain (typically a Roman Catholic chaplain) in any of the armed services.

    • noun

      (in ancient Rome) the head of the principal college of priests.

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a title of the Pope.

    • noun

      a member of a congregation of secular Roman Catholic priests founded in 1642 by a priest of St. Sulpice, Paris, mainly to train candidates for holy orders.
    • adjective

      relating to the Sulpician congregation.
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