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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.
  3. to serve as referee, umpire, or other official in a sports contest or game.
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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).
  3. to act as a referee, umpire, timekeeper, or other official for (a sports contest or game).
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Origin of officiate

1625–35; < Medieval Latin officiātus (past participle of officiāre to serve), equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ātus -ate1
Related formsof·fi·ci·a·tion, nounof·fi·ci·a·tor, nounun·of·fi·ci·at·ed, adjectiveun·of·fi·ci·at·ing, adjective
Can be confusedofficiate officious
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Examples from the Web for officiator

Historical Examples of officiator

  • But the rest were gathered for the Sunday service, and waited the officiator.

    The Story of an African Farm

    (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner

  • Not content with singing licentious songs in the choir, they sat and played at dice on the altar, at the side of the officiator.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

British Dictionary definitions for officiator


verb (intr)
  1. to hold the position, responsibility, or function of an official
  2. to conduct a religious or other ceremony
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Derived Formsofficiation, nounofficiator, noun

Word Origin for officiate

C17: from Medieval Latin officiāre, from Latin officium; see office
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Word Origin and History for officiator



1630s, "to perform a duty," especially "to perform the duty of a priest," from Medieval Latin officiatum, from present participle of officiare "perform religious services," from Latin officium (see office). Related: Officiated; officiating.

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