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 (ô′fĭ-sər, ŏf′ĭ-)
1. One who holds an office of authority or trust in an organization, such as a corporation or government.
a. One who holds a commission in the armed forces.
b. A noncommisioned officer or warrant officer.
3. A person licensed in the merchant marine as master, mate, chief engineer, or assistant engineer.
4. A police officer.
tr.v. of·fi·cered, of·fi·cer·ing, of·fi·cers
1. To furnish with officers.
2. To command or manage as an officer.

[Middle English, from Old French officier, from Medieval Latin officārius, from Latin officium, service, duty; see office.]
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1. (Military) a person in the armed services who holds a position of responsibility, authority, and duty, esp one who holds a commission
2. (Law) See police officer
3. (Nautical Terms) (on a non-naval ship) any person including the captain and mate, who holds a position of authority and responsibility: radio officer; engineer officer.
4. a person appointed or elected to a position of responsibility or authority in a government, society, etc
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a government official: a customs officer.
6. (in the Order of the British Empire) a member of the grade below commander
vb (tr)
7. to furnish with officers
8. to act as an officer over (some section, group, organization, etc)
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(ˈɔ fə sər, ˈɒf ə-)
1. a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the armed services, esp. one holding a commission.
2. a member of a police department or a constable.
3. a person appointed or elected to some position of responsibility or authority in some organization.
4. a person licensed to take full or partial responsibility for the operation of a ship.
5. (in some honorary orders) a member of any rank except the lowest.
6. Obs. an agent.
7. to furnish with officers.
8. to manage.
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officialoffice worker
1. 'officer'

An officer is a person who has a position of authority in the armed forces.

...a retired army officer.

Officer is also used in the name of some people's jobs.

He was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.
Suddenly the press officer came out and announced the result.
2. 'official'

An official is a person who holds a position of authority in an organization, especially a government department or a trade union.

Government officials have rejected calls for international intervention.
Management and union officials agreed to go to the Labour Relations Commission today.
3. 'office worker'

You do not use 'officer' or 'official' to refer to someone who works in an office. A person like this is called an office worker.

Office workers have been found to make more mistakes when distracted by traffic noise.
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Past participle: officered
Gerund: officering

I officer
you officer
he/she/it officers
we officer
you officer
they officer
I officered
you officered
he/she/it officered
we officered
you officered
they officered
Present Continuous
I am officering
you are officering
he/she/it is officering
we are officering
you are officering
they are officering
Present Perfect
I have officered
you have officered
he/she/it has officered
we have officered
you have officered
they have officered
Past Continuous
I was officering
you were officering
he/she/it was officering
we were officering
you were officering
they were officering
Past Perfect
I had officered
you had officered
he/she/it had officered
we had officered
you had officered
they had officered
I will officer
you will officer
he/she/it will officer
we will officer
you will officer
they will officer
Future Perfect
I will have officered
you will have officered
he/she/it will have officered
we will have officered
you will have officered
they will have officered
Future Continuous
I will be officering
you will be officering
he/she/it will be officering
we will be officering
you will be officering
they will be officering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been officering
you have been officering
he/she/it has been officering
we have been officering
you have been officering
they have been officering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been officering
you will have been officering
he/she/it will have been officering
we will have been officering
you will have been officering
they will have been officering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been officering
you had been officering
he/she/it had been officering
we had been officering
you had been officering
they had been officering
I would officer
you would officer
he/she/it would officer
we would officer
you would officer
they would officer
Past Conditional
I would have officered
you would have officered
he/she/it would have officered
we would have officered
you would have officered
they would have officered
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.officer - any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or commandofficer - any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
adjutant, aide, aide-de-camp - an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
army officer - an officer in the armed forces; "he's a retired army officer"
brass hat - a high-ranking military officer
chief of staff - the senior officer of a service of the armed forces
commandant, commander, commanding officer - an officer in command of a military unit
commissioned officer - a military officer holding a commission
desk officer - a military officer who is not assigned to active duty
executive officer - the officer second in command
inspector general - a military officer responsible for investigations
military adviser, military advisor - a military officer who serves as an adviser to the troops of an allied nation
naval officer - an officer in the navy
enlisted officer, noncom, noncommissioned officer - a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel
military man, serviceman, man, military personnel - someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force; "two men stood sentry duty"
warrant officer - holds rank by virtue of a warrant
Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin, Grigori Potemkin, Grigori Potyokin, Potemkin, Potyokin - a Russian officer and politician who was a favorite of Catherine II and in 1762 helped her to seize power; when she visited the Crimea in 1787 he gave the order for sham villages to be built (1739-1791)
2.officer - someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year"
holder - a person who holds something; "they held two hostages"; "he holds the trophy"; "she holds a United States passport"
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
probation officer - the officer of the court who supervises probationers
sergeant at arms, serjeant-at-arms - an officer (as of a legislature or court) who maintains order and executes commands
3.officer - a member of a police forceofficer - a member of a police force; "it was an accident, officer"
constabulary, police, police force, law - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"
bobby - an informal term for a British policeman
cop, fuzz, copper, pig, bull - uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
police captain, police chief, captain - a policeman in charge of a precinct
police constable, constable - a police officer of the lowest rank
detective, police detective, tec, investigator - a police officer who investigates crimes
gendarme - a French policeman
inspector - a high ranking police officer
law officer, lawman, peace officer - an officer of the law
motorcycle cop, motorcycle policeman, speed cop - a policeman who rides a motorcycle (and who checks the speeds of motorists)
police matron, policewoman - a woman policeman
Mountie - colloquial term for a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
shoofly - an undercover police officer who investigates other policemen
traffic cop - a policeman who controls the flow of automobile traffic
trooper - a mounted policeman
state trooper, trooper - a state police officer
4.officer - a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vesselofficer - a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"
Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, gob, Jack, tar - a man who serves as a sailor
sea captain, skipper, captain, master - an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
first mate, mate - the officer below the master on a commercial ship
privateer, privateersman - an officer or crew member of a privateer
purser - an officer aboard a ship who keeps accounts and attends to the passengers' welfare
navigator, sailing master - the ship's officer in charge of navigation
steward - the ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements
supercargo - an officer on a merchant ship in charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase
Verb1.officer - direct or command as an officer
command - be in command of; "The general commanded a huge army"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


2. police officer, detective, PC, police constable, police man, police woman an officer in the West Midlands police force
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1. A person having administrative or managerial authority in an organization:
Informal: exec.
2. A member of a law-enforcement agency:
Informal: cop, law.
Slang: bull, copper, flatfoot, fuzz, gendarme, heat, man (often uppercase).
Chiefly British: bobby, constable, peeler.
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ضَابِطٌضابِطضابِط شُرْطَه
embættismaîur; lögreglumaîurliîsforingi, offisér
chỉ huysĩ quan


A. N
1. (Mil, Naut, Aer) → oficial mf
an officer and a gentlemanun oficial y un caballero
2. (= official) → funcionario/a m/f; [of company] → directivo(a) m/f
the officers of a companylos directivos or la junta directiva de una empresa
3. (= police officer) → policía mf, agente mf de policía
excuse me, officerperdone agente
B. VT (= command) → mandar; [+ staff] → proveer de oficiales
to be well officeredtener buena oficialidad
C. CPD officer of the day N (Mil) → oficial mf del día
officer of the watch N (Naut) → oficial mf de guardia
officers' mess Ncomedor m de oficiales
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[ˈɒfɪsər] n
(in military)officier m
(also police officer) → agent mf, policier/ière m/f
Thank you, Officer → Merci Monsieur l'agent.
[organization] → membre m du bureau directeurofficers' mess nmess m des officiers
a party at the officers' mess → une fête au mess des officiersOfficers' Training Corps n (British) corps volontaire de formation d'officiersoffice work ntravail m de bureauoffice worker nemployé(e) m/f de bureau
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(Mil, Naut, Aviat) → Offizier(in) m(f); officer of the daydiensthabender Offizier, Offizier mvom Dienst; Officers’ Training Corps (Brit) Verband zur Offiziersausbildung
(= official)Beamte(r) m, → Beamtin f; (= police officer)Polizeibeamte(r) m/-beamtin f, → Polizist(in) m(f); (of club, society)Vorstandsmitglied nt, → Funktionär(in) m(f); medical officerAmtsarzt m/-ärztin f; (Mil) → Stabsarzt m/-ärztin f
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[ˈɒfɪsəʳ] n
a. (Mil, Naut, Aer) → ufficiale m
officers' mess → mensa degli ufficiali
b. (official) → funzionario
police officer → agente m di polizia
excuse me, officer → mi scusi, agente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈofis) noun
1. the room or building in which the business of a firm is done. The firm's head offices are in New York; (also adjective) office furniture.
2. the room in which a particular person works. the bank manager's office.
3. a room or building used for a particular purpose. Train tickets are bought at the ticket-office.
4. a position of authority, especially in or as a government. Our party has not been in office for years; the office of mayor.
ˈofficer noun
1. a person holding a commission in the army, navy or air force. a naval officer.
2. a person who carries out a public duty. a police-officer.
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ضَابِطٌ důstojník officer Offizier αξιωματικός oficial upseeri officier časnik ufficiale 士官 장교 officier offiser urzędnik oficial офицер officer นายทหาร görevli memur sĩ quan 官员
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This boat contained an officer, a mate, and eight rowers.
The officer conversed a few instants with the captain, gave him several papers, of which he was the bearer, to read, and upon the order of the merchant captain the whole crew of the vessel, both passengers and sailors, were called upon deck.
Two officers appeared at the entrance-door: one, a young fellow, with a feeble, delicate face, who had lately joined the regiment from the Corps of Pages; the other, a plump, elderly officer, with a bracelet on his wrist, and little eyes, lost in fat.
Fortifying yourself for your work?" said the plump officer, sitting down beside him.
I suppose," added he, on seeing that all prepared to obey him, except the surveillant officer, "you have no orders to object, this time?"
But to this plan the officer opposed a further order of the king's.
What ships from beyond they have warned only the secret archives of government show; but, a naval officer myself, I have gathered from the traditions of the service that it has been fully two hundred years since smoke or sail has been sighted east of 30d or west of 175d.
In the narrative I purpose telling my story in a less formal, and I hope, a more entertaining, style; though, being only a naval officer and without claim to the slightest literary ability, I shall most certainly fall far short of the possibilities which are inherent in my subject.
"You tell the colonel in the presence of other officers that an officer has stolen..."
Rostov, growing red and pale alternately, looked first at one officer and then at the other.
There, plodding over the ghastly white snow, were the officers of the Wanderer approaching the hut.
Captain Helding of the Wanderer , accompanied by his officers, entered the hut, in high spirits at the prospect of a change.