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official

of·fi·cial

official

 
 
pronunciation:
fI shl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person who holds an office in a business organization or a government.
The city officials met to discuss the building of a new highway.
synonyms:
officer
similar words:
administrator, ambassador, authority, executive, minister
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or having to do with an office or position of responsibility or authority.
The ambassador's official duties included meetings with leaders from other countries.
similar words:
authoritative, formal, lawful, legitimate, professional, sanctioned, valid
definition 2: named by or acting for an organization or government.
An ambassador is a nation's official representative in another country.
similar words:
formal
definition 3: approved by an authority; formal and public.
There was an official celebration of the town's two hundredth birthday.
synonyms:
formal
similar words:
authoritative, customary, proper, sanctioned, standard, valid
derivation: officially (adv.)
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The word official contains the following part:
of- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix of- is an assimilated form of ob- used before roots beginning with "f." See ob-.
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