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    1. of·fice
    2. n. noun

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

        computers first appeared in offices in the late 1970s an office job
        Synonym : place of work, place of business, workplace, headquarters, base, workroom, studio, workspace, cubicle, salt mine(s)
      • 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, trust, 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.

      • 9. a duty attaching to one's position; a task or function:

        the offices of a nurse rescued through the good offices of the Italian Ambassador, he was returned safely to England
      • 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:

      • n. noun

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

        something that is not properly understood; a mystery:

      • n. 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.

      • n. 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.

      • v. verb

        appoint or ordain as a deacon.
      • n. 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:
      • n. 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.

      • n. 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.

      • n. noun

        a small chapel, especially for private worship.

        (in the Roman Catholic Church) a religious society of secular priests founded in Rome in 1564 to provide plain preaching and popular services and established in various countries.

      • n. 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.
      • n. noun

        the title of a priest or chaplain in some regions.

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

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