office

office
noun
1 BUILDING (C) the building that belongs to a company or organization, with a lot of rooms where people work: The company is moving to new offices in central London. | head office (=main office) | the office: Did you go to the office today? | at the office: I must have left my keys at the office. | work in an office: I'd hate to work in an office, but I could use a regular income.
2 ROOM (C) a room where you do work that involves writing, calculating, or talking to people: the manager's office | My office gets really hot and sticky in the summer.
3 office hours the time between about nine in the morning and five in the afternoon, when the people in offices are working: You can contact us during office hours.
4 information/ticket etc office a room or building where people go to ask for information
—see also: box office, post office
5 IMPORTANT JOB (C, U) an important job or position with power, especially in government: the office of President | in office (=in an important position): His decision to resign after 30 years in office came as a great shock. | hold office: She had previously held office as Minister of Education. | take office (=start an important job)
6 Office used in the names of British government departments: the Foreign Office
7 sb's good offices formal help given by someone who has authority or can influence people: I managed to get a visa through the good offices of a friend in the Service.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • office — [ ɔfis ] n. m. • v. 1190; lat. officium I ♦ 1 ♦ Vieilli Fonction que l on doit remplir, charge dont on doit s acquitter. ⇒ charge, emploi, fonction. Résigner un office. Loc. fig. Remplir son office : produire son effet naturel, jouer pleinement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • office — 1. (o fi s ) s. m. 1°   Devoir de la vie. •   Le ciel plus propice M envoie un compagnon en ce pieux office, CORN. Pomp. V, 1. •   Il [le roi] m envoie Faire office vers vous de douleur et de joie, CORN. Hor. IV, 2. •   Si votre main puissante… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • office — of‧fice [ˈɒfs ǁ ˈɒː , ˈɑː ] noun 1. [countable] a room or building where people work at desks: • The agency recently closed its Houston office. • I d like to see you in my office. • I applied for the job of office manager. • There is a shortage… …   Financial and business terms

  • office — Office, n. penac. Tantost signifie cela mesme que Officium en Latin, dont il vient, et suyvant cela on dit, Il m a fait tout bon office d ami, Nihil non officij quod amicum deceat, mihi praestitit, Et correspondance d offices, Officiorum vices,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • office — OFFICE. s. m. Devoir de la vie humaine, de la societé civile. Il est de l office d un Magistrat, d un bon Pasteur, d un bon citoyen. tous les offices de la vie civile. c est l office d un bon pere, d un bon mary, d un bon amy. Ciceron a fait un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Office — Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • office — of·fice n 1: a special duty, charge, or position conferred by governmental authority and for a public purpose qualified to hold public office; broadly: a special duty or position of authority hold an office of trust 2: a place where business or… …   Law dictionary

  • office — [ôf′is, äf′is] n. [OFr < L officium < opificium, doing of work < opifex, a worker < opus, a work (see OPUS) + facere, to DO1] 1. something performed or intended to be performed for another; (specified kind of) service [done through… …   English World dictionary

  • office — (n.) mid 13c., a post, an employment to which certain duties are attached, from Anglo Fr. and O.Fr. office (12c. in Old French), from L. officium service, duty, function, business (in Ecclesiastical Latin, church service ), lit. work doing, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Office — Of fice, v. t. To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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