[ uh-fish-ee-eyt ]
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verb (used without object),of·fi·ci·at·ed, of·fi·ci·at·ing.
  1. to perform the office of a member of the clergy, as at a divine service.

  2. to perform the duties or function of some office or position.

  1. to serve as referee, umpire, or other official in a sports contest or game.

verb (used with object),of·fi·ci·at·ed, of·fi·ci·at·ing.
  1. to serve as the priest or minister of (a divine service, religious ceremony, etc.).

  2. to perform, carry out, or fulfill (an official duty or function).

  1. to act as a referee, umpire, timekeeper, or other official for (a sports contest or game).

Origin of officiate

First recorded in 1625–35; from Medieval Latin officiātus (past participle of officiāre “to serve”), equivalent to Latin offici(um) “service, duty” + -ātus, past participle suffix; see office, -ate1

Other words from officiate

  • of·fi·ci·a·tion, noun
  • of·fi·ci·a·tor, noun
  • un·of·fi·ci·at·ed, adjective
  • un·of·fi·ci·at·ing, adjective

Words Nearby officiate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use officiate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for officiate


/ (əˈfɪʃɪˌeɪt) /

  1. to hold the position, responsibility, or function of an official

  2. to conduct a religious or other ceremony

Origin of officiate

C17: from Medieval Latin officiāre, from Latin officium; see office

Derived forms of officiate

  • officiation, noun
  • officiator, noun

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