officiator


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of·fi·ci·ate

 (ə-fĭsh′ē-āt′)
v. of·fi·ci·at·ed, of·fi·ci·at·ing, of·fi·ci·ates
v.intr.
1. To perform the duties and functions of an office or a position of authority.
2. To serve as an officiant.
3. Sports To serve as a referee or umpire.
v.tr. Usage Problem
1. To perform from a position of authority (an official duty or function).
2. To serve as an officiant at (a ceremony): officiated the wedding ceremony.
3. To serve as a referee or umpire at (a game): officiated the hockey game.

[Medieval Latin officiāre, officiāt-, to conduct, from Latin officium, service, duty; see office.]

of·fi′ci·a′tion n.
of·fi′ci·a′tor n.
Usage Note: Officiate has long seen use as an intransitive verb, but it has recently developed transitive uses. In our 1997 survey, 91 percent of the Usage Panel approved of the intransitive use, as in the sentence The wedding was held in the garden, a minister and priest officiating. The Panel views transitive uses of the verb less favorably. In our 2009 survey, only 45 percent approved of the use of officiate in sporting contexts in the sentence He officiated National Hockey League games for 15 years. This percentage of approval, however, had risen from 38 percent in 1997. Support for officiate with a direct object in more traditional contexts, such as weddings, was somewhat lower. Only 34 percent approved of the sentence A minister officiated the wedding, which was held in a garden. Resistance in this case has not weakened since 1997.
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References in classic literature ?
The multitude worshipped on trust--though always distinctly knowing why--but the officiators at the altar had the man habitually in their view.
A case was registered against her husband and all facilitators of this marriage and officiator as well after a medico-test proved that underage girl had been abused.
It is reported that girl was beaten and tortured by her husband but she somehow fled away and managed to reach to the police station where a case was registered against her husband and all facilitators of this marriage and officiator as well.
Police said that four persons including the bridegroom Fareed, his father Ashraf, father-in-law Tharaj and Nikah Khwan (marriage officiator) Abdul Jabbar were arrested in connection with the case.
GHOTKI -- Police have detained at least seven people, including a Nikah Khwan (marriage officiator), suspected of involvement in the alleged abductions, forced conversions from Hindusim to Islam, and underage marriages of two minor sisters reported in Ghotki.
dawn.com islamabad Police have detained at least seven people, including a Nikah Khwan (marriage officiator), suspected of involvement in the alleged abductions, forced conversions from Hindusim to Islam, and underage marriages of two minor sisters reported in Ghotki.
But, a few weeks later, friends and family gathered around the dog as an "officiator" poured "holy water" from a plastic bottle in the shape of the Virgin Mary.
But, a few weeks later, friends and family gathered around the three-year-old Pugalier as an officiator poured holy water on Coco from a plastic bottle in the shape of the Virgin Mary.
"He's been playing amazing this whole playoff run, taking the challenge defensively whoever he is guarding, being an officiator on offense, knocking down shots."