Office


Office
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 duty that arises from the relations of man to man; as, kind offices, pious offices. [1913 Webster]

I would I could do a good office between you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or authority; as, an executive or judical office; a municipal office. [1913 Webster]

3. A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God himself; as, the office of a priest under the old dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new. [1913 Webster]

Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office. --Rom. xi. 13. [1913 Webster]

4. That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done, by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent beings. [1913 Webster]

They [the eyes] resign their office and their light. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Hesperus, whose office is to bring Twilight upon the earth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

In this experiment the several intervals of the teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

5. The place where any kind of business or service for others is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in which public officers or workers in any organization transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office. [1913 Webster +PJC]

6. The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the office. [1913 Webster]

7. pl. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics discharge the duties attached to the service of a house, as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

As for the offices, let them stand at distance. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

8. (Eccl.) Any service other than that of ordination and the Mass; any prescribed religious service. [1913 Webster]

This morning was read in the church, after the office was done, the declaration setting forth the late conspiracy against the king's person. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

{Holy office}. Same as {Inquisition}, n., 3.

{Houses of office}. Same as def. 7 above. --Chaucer.

{Little office} (R. C. Ch.), an office recited in honor of the Virgin Mary.

{Office bearer}, an officer; one who has a specific office or duty to perform.

{Office copy} (Law), an authenticated or certified copy of a record, from the proper office. See {Certified copies}, under {Copy}. --Abbott.

{Office-found} (Law), the finding of an inquest of office. See under {Inquest}.

{Office holder}. See {Officeholder} in the Vocabulary

{Office hours}. the hours of the day during which business is transacted at an office[5].

{Office seeker}. a person who is attempting to get elected to an elected office, or to get an appointment to an appointive public office. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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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 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

  • office — [n1] business, responsibility appointment, berth, billet, capacity, charge, commission, connection, duty, employment, function, job, obligation, occupation, performance, place, post, province, responsibility, role, service, situation, spot,… …   New thesaurus


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