[aw-fis, of-is]
a room, set of rooms, or building where the business of a commercial or industrial organization or of a professional person is conducted: the main office of an insurance company; a doctor's office.
a room assigned to a specific person or a group of persons in a commercial or industrial organization: Her office is next to mine.
a business or professional organization: He went to work in an architect's office.
the staff or designated part of a staff at a commercial or industrial organization: The whole office was at his wedding.
a position of duty, trust, or authority, especially in the government, a corporation, a society, or the like: She was elected twice to the office of president.
employment or position as an official: to seek office.
the duty, function, or part of a particular person or agency: to act in the office of adviser.
(initial capital letter) an operating agency or division of certain departments of the U.S. Government: Office of community Services.
(initial capital letter) British. a major administrative unit or department of the national government: the Foreign Office.
Slang. hint, signal, or warning; high sign.
Often, offices. something, whether good or bad, done or said for or to another: He obtained a position through the offices of a friend.
the prescribed order or form for a service of the church or for devotional use.
the services so prescribed.
Also called divine office. the prayers, readings from Scripture, and psalms that must be recited every day by all who are in major orders.
a ceremony or rite, especially for the dead.
a service or task to be performed; assignment; chore: little domestic offices.
offices, Chiefly British.
the parts of a house, as the kitchen, pantry, or laundry, devoted mainly to household work.
the stables, barns, cowhouses, etc., of a farm.
Older Slang. privy.

1200–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin officium service, duty, ceremony, presumably contraction of opificium, equivalent to opi-, combining form akin to opus opus + -fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ium -ium

officeless, adjective
outoffice, noun
suboffice, noun

office, orifice.

5. post, station, berth, situation. See appointment. 7. responsibility, charge, trust. 13. work, duty. Unabridged
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office (ˈɒfɪs)
1.  a.  a room or set of rooms in which business, professional duties, clerical work, etc, are carried out
 b.  (as modifier): office furniture; an office boy
2.  (often plural) the building or buildings in which the work of an organization, such as a business or government department, is carried out
3.  a commercial or professional business: the architect's office approved the plans
4.  the group of persons working in an office: it was a happy office until she came
5.  (capital when part of a name) (in Britain) a department of the national government: the Home Office
6.  (capital when part of a name) in the US
 a.  a governmental agency, esp of the Federal government
 b.  a subdivision of such an agency or of a department: Office of Science and Technology
7.  a.  a position of trust, responsibility, or duty, esp in a government or organization: the office of president; to seek office
 b.  (in combination): an office-holder
8.  duty or function: the office of an administrator
9.  (often plural) a minor task or service: domestic offices
10.  (often plural) an action performed for another, usually a beneficial action: through his good offices
11.  a place where tickets, information, etc, can be obtained: a ticket office
12.  Christianity
 a.  (often plural) a ceremony or service, prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities, esp one for the dead
 b.  the order or form of these
 c.  RC Church the official daily service
 d.  short for divine office
13.  (plural) the parts of a house or estate where work is done, goods are stored, etc
14.  euphemistic (Brit) (usually plural) a lavatory (esp in the phrase usual offices)
15.  in office (of a government) in power
16.  out of office (of a government) out of power
17.  slang the office a hint or signal
[C13: via Old French from Latin officium service, duty, from opus work, service + facere to do]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., "a post, an employment to which certain duties are attached," from L. officium "service, duty, function, business" (in M.L., "church service"), lit. "work-doing," from ops (gen. opis) "power, might, abundance, means" (related to opus "work") + stem of facere "do, perform" (see
factitious). Meaning "place for conducting business" first recorded 1560s. Office hours attested from 1841.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

Office definition

Microsoft Office

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms & Phrases


see box office; front office; land-office business; take office.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
More and more multinationals will shift the operation and control of key
  business functions away from their head office.
Elevator installation is a mature business, yet change is under way as office
  space and energy get pricey.
News about office buildings and commercial properties.
Office work, filled with overflowing e-mail inboxes and pointless meetings,
  could be a lot more efficient and productive.
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