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Definitions of official

  1. a worker who holds or is invested with an office
  2. someone who administers the rules of a game or sport; " the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"
  3. having official authority or sanction; " official permission"; " an official representative"
  4. ( of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
  5. conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline; " in prescribed order"
  6. Authoritative.
  7. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, official duties, or routine.
  8. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; as, an official statement or report.
  9. Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, an official drug or preparation. Cf. Officinal.
  10. Discharging an office or function.
  11. One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
  12. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
  13. One who holds a public position or performs duties of a public nature.
  14. Pertaining to an office or public duty; as, official business; derived from the proper authority; authorized; as, an official statement.
  15. Officially.
  16. Pertaining to an office: depending on the proper office or authority: done by authority.
  17. One who holds an office: a subordinate public officer: the deputy of a bishop, etc.
  18. Pertaining to an office; done by authority.
  19. Pertaining to an office.
  20. One holding a public office.
  21. Pertaining to office; from the proper authority.
  22. One entrusted with an office; an ecclesiastical judge.
  23. Pert. to or derived from the proper office or authority; done by virtue of authority.
  24. One invested with office; a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
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Usage examples for official

  1. They were absent a few minutes, and the official returned alone, bringing my hat and cloak. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  2. " Very good," said the official, turning to me. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  3. So father went to see an official. – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  4. Mofras gives the number of Indians in 1842 as five hundred, but an official report of 1844 gives only one hundred. – The Old Franciscan Missions Of California by George Wharton James
  5. But it is more with the official than the man that I have here to do. – The Story of Rouen by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  6. " Official Seicht," said he. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  7. But now the soldier and official in the other were awake. – Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete by Gilbert Parker
  8. In a uniform hardly to be distinguished from the members of the company the Amateur was riding to his first fire in what seemed to him like an official capacity. – An Amateur Fireman by James Otis
  9. He seemed to know just what had to be done, and he actually managed to keep the news from the family until official permission had been received to bring the body into the house. – The Monk of Hambleton by Armstrong Livingston
  10. The one Official went to the right. – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  11. Vavasour's face was radiant with satisfaction, it was an unspeakable relief to him to hear that the official communication had been made. – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  12. No public or official inquiry was made into the circumstance. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  13. Official permission was delayed, by fair and courteous words. – The Soul of the War by Philip Gibbs
  14. Official report of one company. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  15. She raised those which lay at the top, and held them up to the official with a laugh. – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  16. The Governor's fellow official smiled- he knew the Governor pretty well. – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  17. The Spanish official laughed and replied: Very well, a supply of bread will be sent. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  18. Any statement, however startling, was expected to carry conviction once it bore the official hall- mark. – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
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