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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:

      a patient walks in to a doctor's office
    • 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

    • noun

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

      the local centre of a large business:

    • noun

      the public department or corporation responsible for mail services and (in some countries) telecommunications; the postal service.

      a building where postal business is transacted.

    • noun

      a position of authority or service involving responsibility to the public, especially within the government:

      a building housing a government department or agency or used for civic business:

    • noun

      a place at a theater or other arts establishment where tickets are bought or reserved.

      used to refer to the commercial success of a movie, play, or actor in terms of the audience size or takings they command:

    • the office of the president of the US, in the White House.

      used in reference to the US president or presidency:

    • plural

      the hours during which business is normally conducted:
    • the ecclesiastical court of the Roman Catholic Church established as the final court of appeal in trials of heresy. Formed in 1542 as part of the Inquisition, it was renamed the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1965.
    • noun

      a young man employed to do less important jobs in a business office.
    • noun

      a government office recording dealings in public land.
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