Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a job in an organization
  2. (noun, act) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
    the government must do its part
    play its role
  3. (noun, act) a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities
  4. (noun, artifact) place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed
  5. (noun, group) an administrative unit of government
    the Census Bureau
    Office of Management and Budget
    Tennessee Valley Authority
  6. (noun, group) professional or clerical workers in an office
  7. (noun, state) (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power
    during his first year in office
    during his first year in power
    the power of the president

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Alternate forms of Office

Derivations: official, officiate

Hyponyms: academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, advanced research and development activity, afisr, ai, air force, air force intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, air force isr, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, arda, army, army intelligence, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, ballistic missile defense organization, baronetage, bishopry, bja, bjs, bmdo, box office, bureau of customs, bureau of diplomatic security, bureau of engraving and printing, bureau of intelligence and research, bureau of justice assistance, bureau of justice statistics, bureau of the census, cadetship, caliphate, capacity, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, casualty care research center, ccrc, cdc, census bureau, center for disease control and prevention, central office, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, commandership, commandery, comptroller of the currency, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, counterterrorist center, countinghouse, ctc, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, customs bureau, customs service, darpa, deanery, deanship, defense advanced research projects agency, defense information systems agency, defense logistics agency, defense reutilization and marketing service, defense technical information center, department of defense laboratory system, department of energy intelligence, directorship, disa, discipleship, divine office, doei, drms, ds, dtic, editorship, eldership, emirate, episcopate, executive agency, executive clemency, faa, fatherhood, fda, federal aviation agency, federal housing administration, feudal lordship, fha, financial management service, food and drug administration, foreign service, foremanship, fws, gao, generalcy, generalship, government accounting office, government office, government printing office, governorship, gpo, hat, headquarters, headship, home base, home office, hot seat, immigration and naturalization service, incumbency, independent agency, inr, ins, inspectorship, instructorship, internal revenue service, internship, irs, judgeship, judicature, khanate, lablink, law enforcement agency, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieu, lieutenancy, life office, little office, loan office, local authority, magistracy, magistrature, main office, managership, manhood, marine corps intelligence activity, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, mcia, messiahship, moderatorship, national climatic data center, national geospatial-intelligence agency, national guard bureau, national institute of standards and technology, national institutes of health, national oceanic and atmospheric administration, national park service, national technical information service, national weather service, naval air warfare center weapons division, naval special warfare, naval surface warfare center, naval underwater warfare center, navy, nawcwpns, ncdc, newsroom, nga, ngb, nih, nist, noaa, nonproliferation center, npc, nsw, nswc, ntis, nuwc, occupational safety and health administration, office of intelligence support, office of naval intelligence, office of the dead, ois, oni, organ, osha, overlordship, pastorate, pastorship, patent and trademark office database, patent office, peasanthood, phs, place, plum, portfolio, position, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, residency, rulership, sainthood, second fiddle, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, shipping office, sinecure, solicitorship, speakership, stead, stewardship, studentship, teachership, technology administration, thaneship, throne, ticket booth, ticket office, transportation security administration, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, tsa, u. s. air force, u. s. army, u. s. coast guard, united states air force, united states army, united states border patrol, united states coast guard, united states fish and wildlife service, united states government accounting office, united states government printing office, united states navy, united states public health service, us air force, us army, us border patrol, us coast guard, us fish and wildlife service, us government printing office, us navy, usa, usaf, uscb, usn, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, war power, wardenship, wardership, womanhood

Hypernyms: administrative body, administrative unit, business, business establishment, duty, job, line, line of work, occupation, place of business, religious rite, rite, staff, state

Origin of the word Office

  1. 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" firs… more

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