[ aw-fuh-ser, of-uh- ]
/ ˈɔ fə sər, ˈɒf ə- /
a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the army, navy, air force, or any similar organization, especially one who holds a commission.
a member of a police department or a constable.
a person licensed to take full or partial responsibility for the operation of a merchant ship or other large civilian ship; a master or mate.
a person appointed or elected to some position of responsibility or authority in the government, a corporation, a society, etc.
(in some honorary orders) a member of any rank except the lowest.
Obsolete. an agent.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with officers.
to command or direct as an officer does.
to direct, conduct, or manage.
Origin of officer
of·fi·ce·ri·al [aw-fuh-seer-ee-uh l, of-uh-] /ˌɔ fəˈsɪər i əl, ˌɒf ə-/, adjectiveof·fi·cer·less, adjectiveof·fi·cer·ship, of·fi·cer·hood, nounsub·of·fi·cer, noun
un·der·of·fi·cer, nounun·of·fi·cered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subofficer (1 of 2)
/ (sʌbˈɒfɪsə) /
a subordinate officer
British Dictionary definitions for subofficer (2 of 2)
/ (ˈɒfɪsə) /
a person in the armed services who holds a position of responsibility, authority, and duty, esp one who holds a commission
See police officer
(on a non-naval ship) any person including the captain and mate, who holds a position of authority and responsibilityradio officer; engineer officer
a person appointed or elected to a position of responsibility or authority in a government, society, etc
a government officiala customs officer
(in the Order of the British Empire) a member of the grade below commander
to furnish with officers
to act as an officer over (some section, group, organization, etc)
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