Office



[aw-fis, of-is] /ˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs/

noun
1.
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.
2.
a room assigned to a specific person or a group of persons in a commercial or industrial organization:
Her office is next to mine.
3.
a business or professional organization:
He went to work in an architect’s office.
4.
the staff or designated part of a staff at a commercial or industrial organization:
The whole office was at his wedding.
5.
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.
6.
employment or position as an official:
to seek office.
7.
the duty, function, or part of a particular person or agency:
to act in the office of adviser.
8.
(initial capital letter) an operating agency or division of certain departments of the U.S. Government:
Office of Community Services.
9.
(initial capital letter) British. a major administrative unit or department of the national government:
the Foreign Office.
10.
Slang. hint, signal, or warning; high sign.
11.
Often, offices. something, whether good or bad, done or said for or to another:
He obtained a position through the offices of a friend.
12.
Ecclesiastical.

13.
a service or task to be performed; assignment; chore:
little domestic offices.
14.
offices, Chiefly British.

15.
Older Slang. .
/ˈɒfɪs/
noun
1.

2.
(often pl) 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)

7.

8.
duty or function: the office of an administrator
9.
(often pl) a minor task or service: domestic offices
10.
(often pl) 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)

13.
(pl) the parts of a house or estate where work is done, goods are stored, etc
14.
(usually pl) (Brit, euphemistic) 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
n.

mid-13c., “a post, an employment to which certain duties are attached,” from Anglo-French and Old French ofice “place or function; divine service” (12c. in Old French) or directly from Latin officium “service, kindness, favor; official duty, function, business; ceremonial observance,” (in Ecclesiastical Latin, “church service”), literally “work-doing,” from ops (genitive opis) “power, might, abundance, means” (related to opus “work;” see opus) + stem of facere “do, perform” (see factitious). Meaning “place for conducting business” first recorded 1560s. Office hours attested from 1841.

noun

The cockpit of an airplane (1917+ Aviators)

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