Hypertext Webster Gateway: "office"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Office \Of"fice\, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops
ability, wealth, holp + facere to do or make. See {Opulent},
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.

I would I could do a good office between you.

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

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.

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

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

They [the eyes] resign their office and their light.

Hesperus, whose office is to bring Twilight upon the
earth. --Milton.

In this experiment the several intervals of the
teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms.
--Sir I.

5. The place where a particular kind of business or service
for others is transacted; a house or apartment in which
public officers and others transact business; as, the
register's office; a lawyer's office.

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

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.]

As for the offices, let them stand at distance.

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

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.

{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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Office \Of`fice\, v. t.
To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: place of business where professional or clerical duties are
performed; "he rented an office in the new building"
[syn: {business office}]
2: an administrative unit of government; "the Central
Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of
Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority" [syn:
{agency}, {federal agency}, {government agency}, {bureau},
3: the actions and activities assigned to or required or
expected of a person or group: "the function of a
teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its
role" [syn: {function}, {part}, {role}]
4: (of a government or government official) holding an office
means being in power; "being in office already gives a
candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in
power" [syn: {power}]
5: professional or clerical workers in an office; "the whole
office was late the morning of the blizzard" [syn: {office
6: a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical
authorities; "the offices of the mass"
7: a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the
treasury" [syn: {position}, {post}, {berth}, {spot}, {place},

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