- the prescribed order or form for a service of the church or for devotional use.
- the services so prescribed.
- Also called divine office. the prayers, readings from Scripture, and psalms that must be recited every day by all who are in major orders.
- a ceremony or rite, especially for the dead.
- the parts of a house, as the kitchen, pantry, or laundry, devoted mainly to household work.
- the stables, barns, cowhouses, etc., of a farm.
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Origin of office
synonym study for office
OTHER WORDS FROM officeof·fice·less, adjectiveoutoffice, nounsub·of·fice, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH officeoffice , orifice
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What is an office?
An office is a room, rooms, or a building where business is conducted, as in I gave my sister a ride to the doctor’s office.
An office is also a designated room where a person does their work, as in Dr. Brown’s office is the second one on the left down the hall.
Office can more generally refer to an entire business or organization, as in I got a new job at an accountant’s office.
Office can also refer to a business’s entire staff or a specific part of it, as in The birthday cake was shared with the entire office.
Finally, office is also a position of authority or the duties of such a position, such as The office of the President of the United States.
Example: The lawyer spent most of her time at her office in the law firm rather than actually going to court.
Where does office come from?
The first records of the word office come from around 1200. It ultimately comes from the Latin officium, meaning “service” or “duty,” made from combining opus, meaning “work,” and facere, meaning “to do.” The word office often refers to the place where you work or the duties you are responsible for as part of your work.
Office is a common word that some people are unhappy to hear because it reminds them of their job. Middle management jobs are often referred to as “office jobs” because you usually have your own office or you work in a cubicle in your company’s office.
These jobs in particular are often depicted in popular culture as being especially boring and bureaucratic. The word office has been used in popular works that humorously depict such jobs, like the comedy film Office Space (1999) and the both the British version of the comedy TV series “The Office” (1995) and the American version (2001).
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What are some other forms related to office?
- officeless (adjective)
- outoffice (noun)
- suboffice (noun)
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How is office used in real life?
Office is a very common word that is often used to describe a person’s job or workplace.
My office is a mess because I'm building a cocoon of candy wrappers around me. Then I'll sleep for weeks and emerge as a beautiful butterfly! I'm pretty sure this will work.
— 🤐 (@ZipperMouth_) October 27, 2020
if you work in an office with other people and do not wear shoes i cannot trust you
— Sun Destroyer 999 (@bombsfall) October 27, 2020
It’s Halloween dress up day at work. I’ll be in my office dressed like a guy sitting in his office.
— Joe Mayberry (@jgolf1) October 30, 2020
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The word office can refer to an entire building where a company performs business and to a single room where one specific employee works.
How to use office in a sentence
By 2030, Google plans to precisely match every electron of electricity flowing into its offices and data centers with one produced from a renewable source.Google made clean energy cool for corporations, and it’s about to do the same for batteries|Michael J. Coren|September 17, 2020|Quartz
If your state offers the option to drop your ballot in a dropbox at the election office, do it.Why you should vote as early as possible (and how to do it)|John Kennedy|September 17, 2020|Popular Science
Signatures change over time, so if you’re concerned the one on file could be out of date, ask your local election office how to update it.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts|by Susie Armitage|September 16, 2020|ProPublica
I have an incredible amount of respect for both the speaker and the office she holds.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
They have not won the state's sole seat in the House of Representatives since 2008, they have not won a Senate election since 1994, and they have been locked out of the governor's office since 1988.
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Two witnesses outside the Charlie Hebdo office building quoted the Kouachi brothers claiming they were members of al Qaeda.
Who among Scalise's constituents could possibly care if he supported naming a post office for a black judge who died in 1988?
Granted, James is in an office in the Pentagon, and not on the front lines.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In contrast, Boehner's leadership team filed into his ceremonial office and greeted the teary newly-elected Speaker with hugs.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was with a feeling of relief on both sides that the arrival of Mr. Haggard, of the Home Office, was announced.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
On a small scale map, in an office, you may make mole-hills of mountains; on the ground there's no escaping from its features.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The next morning he came rushing into the office, in a violent state of excitement.
They ran side by side across the yard to a roofed flight of steps that led to the printing-office.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
On the third day after the declaration of his recall, Ripperda took his official leave, and presented his son in his new office.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for office
- a room or set of rooms in which business, professional duties, clerical work, etc, are carried out
- (as modifier)office furniture; an office boy
- a governmental agency, esp of the Federal government
- a subdivision of such an agency or of a departmentOffice of Science and Technology
- a position of trust, responsibility, or duty, esp in a government or organizationthe office of president; to seek office
- (in combination)an office-holder
- (often plural) a ceremony or service, prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities, esp one for the dead
- the order or form of these
- RC Church the official daily service
- short for divine office
Word Origin for office
Idioms and Phrases with office
see box office; front office; land-office business; take office.