Definition of Office

n.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.
- Shak.
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 office.
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 beings.
They [the eyes] resign their office and their light.
- Shak.
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. Newton.
5.The place where any kind of business or service for others is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in which public officers or workers in any organization transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office.
6.The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the office.
7.The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics discharge the duties attached to the service of a house, as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc.
As for the offices, let them stand at distance.
- Bacon.
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.
Little office
(R. C. Ch.) an office recited in honor of the Virgin Mary.
- Chaucer.
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.
(Law) the finding of an inquest of office. See under Inquest.
- Abbott.
Office holder
See Officeholder in the Vocabulary
Office hours
the hours of the day during which business is transacted at an office{5}.
Office seeker
a person who is attempting to get elected to an elected office, or to get an appointment to an appointive public office.
v. t.1.To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge.

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Office copy
Office holder
Office hours
Office seeker
Office wire
Officer of the day
Officer of the deck
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