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of·fi·cial

official

 
 
pronunciation:
fI shl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person who performs a specific function or holds an office in a business organization or a government.
synonyms:
functionary, officer
similar words:
administrator, ambassador, appointee, authority, bureaucrat, dignitary, executive, minister, officeholder
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or pertaining to an office or position of responsibility or authority.
antonyms:
unofficial
similar words:
authoritative, formal, lawful, legitimate, professional, sanctioned, valid
definition 2: appointed by or acting on behalf of an organization or government.
the official envoy
synonyms:
authorized
antonyms:
unofficial
similar words:
certified, formal
definition 3: authorized, formal, and public.
an official celebration
synonyms:
formal
antonyms:
unofficial
similar words:
authoritative, authorized, customary, definitive, 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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