Meaning of OFFICE in English

OFFICE

noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a (big) box office draw (= a successful actor who many people will pay to see )

a booking hall/office British English (= a place for buying tickets, especially in a station )

There were long queues in the booking hall.

a factory/farm/office worker

Factory workers threatened strikes.

a (huge) box office hit/success

a registry office wedding British English (= at a local government office, not in a church )

They decided to have a registry office wedding.

a term of/in office

The Governor ends his term of office in September.

a ticket office/booth/counter (= a place where you can buy tickets )

There was a long queue at the ticket office.

an office block

She works in a 27-storey office block.

an office desk

I got back from holiday to find piles of papers on my office desk.

an office party

I danced with my boss at the office party.

an office/museum/hospital etc complex

a 120-acre office complex near Las Vegas

an office/school/hospital etc building

Our office building is just ten minutes’ walk from where I live.

back office

back-office operations

booking office

box office receipts/takings etc (= the number of tickets sold or the money received )

box office

Collect your tickets at the box office.

branch office

a branch office in Boston

Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms

Foreign Office, the

front office

head office

high office (= an important position )

Both of them held high office in the Anglican Church.

hold office (= have an important political position )

Whoever is elected will hold office for four years.

hold the post/position/office etc (of sth)

She was the first woman to hold the office of Australian state premier.

The governor had held the post since 1989.

Home Office, the

home office

hospital/library/office etc staff

He had responsibility for training library staff.

land office

left luggage office

office boy

office building

office equipment

office equipment, such as photocopiers and printers

office gossip

He told her a few bits of office gossip which he though might interest her.

office holder

Office Of Public Sector Information, the

office party

Office, The

Oval Office

post office box

post office

press office

public office (= a job in the government )

We do not believe he is fit for public office .

register office

registered office

registry office

resign your post/position/office

He later resigned his post as Minister of Energy.

run for office

an attempt to encourage more women to run for office

sb's bedroom/office window

From his bedroom window he could see two men having an argument.

secretarial/clerical/office work

I have a background in secretarial work.

She had done clerical work before she married.

small office/home office

small office/home office

sorting office

sub-post office

swept into office

Herrera was swept into office on the promise of major reforms.

the oath of office (= the oath a government worker swears to do a job honestly and well )

tourist office

virtual office

Does the virtual office equal freedom or isolation?

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

foreign

In the mid-1820s the total number of despatches sent and received each year by the foreign office was about 12,000.

By the early seventeenth century, therefore, foreign offices , in so far as they existed, were still for the most part embryonic.

By the beginning of the twentieth century the attitudes and ambience of many foreign offices were altering quite rapidly.

Suggestions of this kind culminated in the creation of the foreign office which began its life in 1782.

Clearly the need for works of this kind was now being felt in foreign offices .

Usually diplomatic services and foreign offices in this respect merely reflected the societies they served.

Tristan Garel-Jones from the foreign office .

Elsewhere some of these embryonic foreign offices were developing and growing, though this was still often a slow process.

front

I would have to dress and make up in a small front office .

But the Negro Leagues, despite their many flaws, did have black owners, managers and front office people.

All others extensions can be dialled from the front office .

Which is why the front office felt it was just as crucial to find another dependable reliever as it was another starter.

The drive to integrate back and front office systems among tour and ferry operators is similarly driving revenues.

The front office deserves credit, too, for making the right trades at the right time.

The job can be particularly hectic for front office managers around check-in and check-out time.

Coaching and the front office have a lot to do with winning and losing, too.

general

Then there was Teddy, corporal in charge of the General Duties office section.

Cooper worked there, doing general office work, sometimes filling in as the relief receptionist.

Strategic decisions are kept separate, and are decided by the chief executive assisted by a small general office staff.

And the unused stationery was stacked in a general office for use by lowly clerks.

First Aid A first aid post is situated near the general office in the Manor Houae.

Enquiries should be made from the pay kiosk or general office .

Alice went out of his office and along a passage to the general office at the end.

head

Or you can reach us at head office on Dar-381313.

It gives head office phone numbers.

But there were far too few new faces, and far too many head office honchos.

The head office is not of course, necessarily the registered office and a company search may be necessary.

Sainsbury's were well known Wholesale Grocers with a head office at Trowbridge.

high

As Westminster aide to the party leader, Mr Durkan has long been tipped for higher offices .

Both were anxious for higher office .

The King appointed them to high offices of state, which the aristocracy and landed gentry considered to be their prerogative.

But most are also rivals for political promotion to a higher office and, ultimately, for the Prime Minister's job.

But the Chavez affair raises doubts about how thoroughly the time-strapped Bush people check their nominees for high office .

A stint here can even lead to the highest office as ex-Whip Mr Major found.

He assumed the highest office at fifty-five.

For Trollope's old Bishop Grantly, the high offices of the Church were a means to great wealth.

local

The local post office is a vital and valued feature of the rural community.

No spending limit Unlike races for local elective office , no campaign spending limit law applies to ballot measures.

They therefore need to be strongly managed and should not be left to the local office to undertake on their own.

Instead, we headed straight for the local car-rental office and hired ourselves a zippy purple subcompact.

Second, the tax-collecting system has been given new teeth. Local tax offices now have to report to a central-control office.

He said the clock in the local post office was busted and maybe Mitch would drop by and fix it sometime.

Many decisions are taken by local and regional offices of national government departments and other agencies.

But local offices are always up-to-date.

main

At the end of every month there is a packet awaiting his collection from the main post office in Vienna.

The response was that the matter would require consultation with the main union office in the next town.

The main office door to their right was emblazoned with the logo: Stasis Computers, and it was open.

Over 600 people work for MI6 in its main office .

The main offices of government were based at the Lateran by Innocent's time.

The two men rose and went through the minister's anteroom into his main office .

new

The issues are revenue grant aid and the acquisition of new office accommodation.

There were new houses and offices all along the road from his village to Port au Prince.

He has moved into a new office in the Rayburn Building, one of the really nice second-floor ones overlooking the Capitol.

On new office accommodation the Council will explain the latest position regarding the new building at South Gyle.

Old brick buildings have found new uses as offices and boutiques.

Strange to tell, even in an era of government downsizing it can make sense to build new federal office space.

We overhauled our image and moved into shiny, new offices .

post

Ironically, the threat to rural post offices stems mainly from the Government's decision to automate pension and benefit payments.

It makes her feel very grown-up to walk to the post office and to buy airmail stamps.

The robber had packed himself into a carton and had himself delivered to the post office .

Though postal stores nationwide number only 500, almost 32, 000 post offices also offer certain merchandise along with stamps.

And everyone had a story about rude, oafish post office workers.

Postal investigators recovered the letter at about 6: 30 a. m. Friday morning at a post office outside Leavenworth federal prison.

Of messages sent via the cold anonymity of a post office box. ` Bus shelter.

Six months later, New Zealand Post closed 432 post offices .

public

All of the former officers remained stripped of their rank and were barred from holding public office .

It's doubtful she ever has taken a single day of unpaid leave during any of her innumerable campaigns for public office .

He then sought without success an appointment to public office .

At that level, there can be no doubt of the equation between public office and private interest.

In many ways it should have been the most satisfying celebration of his years in public office .

One of these was the Corporation Act, which restricted the holding of any public office to Anglicans.

I began considering a run for public office .

regional

He took control of the national drugs intelligence unit, the national soccer intelligence unit and seven regional criminal intelligence offices .

Specifically, they complained that the corporate and regional offices often made unreasonable demands on those in the field.

Many decisions are taken by local and regional offices of national government departments and other agencies.

The staff of the 49-county San Francisco regional office has been increased from 45 people to 190.

The social security network is organized into regions under the supervision of a regional office .

By peers, I mean associates in other functional areas and in the corporate or regional offices .

Mr. Key I shall deal in my speech with the importance of the regional offices .

The head office was responsible for company administration and the regional offices dealt with administration for the firm's 40 sales outlets.

small

Lane had his own small office but was rarely to be found in it.

El Playano had a small office on the second floor of the student center and was published three times a year.

She picked up her two large suitcases and walked through the small cool ticket office on to the station forecourt.

That means we know your business's needs-whether a small office or a large warehouse.

At the end, to the north side, the policeman led Duncan into a small suite of offices .

Alternatively, you may wish to rent a small , serviced office for a few weeks.

I would have to dress and make up in a small front office .

He sequesters himself in a small working office , sleeves rolled up, tie off, reading mail, making overseas calls.

■ NOUN

block

The fireball destroyed a prefabricated office building before setting a four-storey office block ablaze.

The first program for the office block was enormously different from its eventual design.

They've just finished a new office block with the lowest handrails.

The next morning Tony parked his car and walked slowly towards the newly completed office block .

The arched gateway disappeared and an office block was erected alongside the entrance.

Jagged blue lightning stabbed through one of the ragged gaps and found the only thing in the office block that was moving.

However, this has taken place after the building of the office block which now adorns the site.

The office block was in the middle of a hellish whirlwind.

box

Tickets, available at the box office , are $ 10 general admission, $ 7 for students and seniors.

It is Hogan's first role since the 1989 box office disaster Almost An Angel.

The company also had its offices and its box office elsewhere except during performances.

Tickets range from $ 14 to $ 16, and are available at the Invisible Theatre box office .

The winners will be notified tomorrow and they can pick up their tickets at the box office .

As might be expected, both films continue to perform well at the box office .

branch

A firm looking to expand will not simply contemplate recruiting new partners or opening up new branch offices .

When we set up our first branch office in the States, it suddenly became my problem.

However, only a few large companies - 25 of them - have been registered as software exporters with branch offices abroad.

Sutton identified Tizhe as a customer who frequently came into the branch office to make large overseas wire transfers.

You can work for large multi-national corporations' in-house counsel or in the branch office of your firm abroad.

More customers are finding the mini-outlets safe and convenient options to the traditional branch office .

Meanwhile it opened a branch office in Boston to sell direct.

Sally is the director of branch office research in a large financial institution.

building

Higher up the hill the streets were full of office buildings , so that the parishioners were caretakers.

Even in federal jobs and office buildings in Washington where black employees had once worked freely with whites, segregation was reestablished.

Projects in the pipeline include office buildings , leisure facilities and a chain of hamburger bars.

They smoke between classes and after lunch, much like their adult counterparts who huddle outside office buildings for smoke breaks.

And the office building was next to the storage tank.

In fact, I seem to remember it was a bloody great chunk of the office building took my head off.

Kamins Cos., which has developed office buildings in downtown Washington and shopping centers in Maryland.

equipment

Police said the raiders caused over £1000 worth of damage and stole office equipment .

The distributor of office equipment said it plans to sell four million ADRs.

The price of office equipment such as fax machines, photo copiers, answering services and computer networks could climb.

Add up the prices on office equipment , computer hardware and soft-ware.

Bought office equipment at a cost of £400.

I had to take the typewriter in to Mr Bonzonio, who runs an office equipment and repair store downtown.

The winning team will receive prizes of office equipment worth thousands of pounds to be used by its respective company.

Already some automated office equipment is able automatically to phone the contract maintenance firm when it develops a fault.

home

We are waiting for the home office to approve this.

The exclusivity rule eliminates your kitchen and bedroom as a home office .

Not only must you use your home office exclusively for business, but you must use it regularly, as well.

The engineers were located at both the home office and the construction site, with an unpleasant journey between the two places.

His home office has a computer and printer.

Limitations on the amount of actually deductible home-office expenses will sometimes make a home office barely worth the trouble.

If you work in a home office , children may be another source of unsafe noise.

law

He's got a law office in New York; a lot of the old team were lawyers.

In Sanchersville, she opened a storefront law office perforating the heart of the ghetto.

This provides systematic instruction in the practice of law in preparation for further training in a law office .

The two of them would bellow at each other as they must have done in their old law office .

His law offices in a small building on the southwestern edge of the city were deluged with calls and visits by reporters.

Sitting in his law office at 4 a. m. the next day, he took out a legal pad.

Old ledgers from his law office .

Young clerks in the law office that he cleaned risked their jobs by teaching the attractive child to read and write.

space

Two buildings have four storeys devoted to office space and one underground level for parking.

The company also plans to triple its office space next month in a move from Sunnyvale to Palo Alto.

Whitehall has also had to find office space and officials to staff the new ministries promised by both parties.

The remaining site will be sold and converted to office space .

This grid-like effect is echoed elsewhere in the scheme - for example the beech-wood frames surrounded the cellular office spaces .

In fact, this is one of the few markets in South Florida with plentiful contiguous office space available.

It has a shortage of office space , soaring property prices, huge traffic problems and relatively high unemployment.

You can share office space with them and all the administrative overhead.

staff

In spite of its complexity, transition passed by leaving few students, teachers or office staff feeling perplexed.

The willingness to thin the office staff without let or hindrance.

It was handy since it opened directly on to the parking slots for office staff , much prized and intrigued over.

The office staff even have to share staples.

Needing some one to supervise his office staff and to act as his secretary, he advertised and she applied for the job.

Strategic decisions are kept separate, and are decided by the chief executive assisted by a small general office staff .

For instance, the manufacturing wages are down, but not the office staff .

They told the remaining post office staff not to raise the alarm for another thirty minutes.

ticket

It will be used as the ticket office at Embsay Station.

Forms can be obtained from their respective airport ticket counters, city ticket offices or from travel agents.

Hundreds of people were waiting outside the ticket office .

She picked up her two large suitcases and walked through the small cool ticket office on to the station forecourt.

The pinched woman in a pink overall and blue mittens in the ticket office squinted at our passes and nodded us on.

I rang up the ticket office but just got a recorded message.

But the work of the ticket office needs looking at.

I am very impressed with the new ticket office .

worker

The starlings are believed to have died of exhaustion, despite the efforts of an office worker nearby.

The temblor sent thousands of office workers in Seattle fleeing into the streets.

It pays the salaries of hundreds of thousands of office workers and soldiers.

We arrived a few minutes after the office workers .

But the more glaring impact has been at the office worker level and with vendors who rely on federal customers.

The excellent and varied wine list, decent buffet food and genial atmosphere make this a favourite with local office workers .

The items were intercepted in Haverhill by a sorting office worker .

■ VERB

hold

Most of them hold an elective office .

They likely hold no offices in the bar or attend its functions in Hawaii.

Other peers who hold or have held high judicial office may sit but rarely do so.

He could hold on to office even though so severely disabled as to be unable to lead.

He would do nothing about the problem, and that is why he is unsuited to hold the office of Home Secretary.

Some of them held office as stewards or grievance men.

leave

Others say he came in with both, and when he left the office there seemed even more blood on his apron.

Mr Aboodi did not return several messages left at his office .

Levine doesn't answer and leaves the office .

He might have left office with his reputation intact.

The cost is measured not just in terms of time spent away from the office but also by the inconvenience of leaving an office empty.

The 2002 figure is the same Clinton proposed before he left office .

As he leaves office , Republicans still account for 62 %.

Unfortunately, when Graham left office Governor Martinez ignored the system, and it quickly degenerated into make-work.

open

And to commemorate their anniversary, the charity has opened a new office in Glasgow.

Two months ago, his company opened a Cambridge office that employs seven workers.

When Sheila went into her own business, within weeks of opening her office the networking started.

It is opening an office in San Francisco to be run by its founder and president Jacques Quelene.

The company recently opened an office in Yardley after Horowitz moved to Richboro three years ago.

Seven years passed before they opened their second office , in Los Angeles.

In Sanchersville, she opened a storefront law office perforating the heart of the ghetto.

run

Zimmerman says Ward 2 Councilwoman Janet Marcus asked her to run for the office .

Lady Anson also runs an office at Wilmslow, Cheshire.

If Chicago was bombed, people would all run out of their offices to drive home.

Women's business, trade and expertise; women identifying talent in other women and supporting them to run for office .

Eventually she would like to run for public office .

Or a country where children shoot their classmates and you have to be a multi-millionaire to run for political office ?

As the story unfolds, first Axel and then Alec come to wield extraordinary power in Washington without running for elective office .

take

He was simply cashing in before Bill Clinton takes office .

When Eisenhower took office in January 1953, the truce talks were stalled on the question of prisoner-of-war repatriation.

The Beveridge Committee, which reported shortly before the Churchill government took office in 195 1, saw no conflict.

At the time Berisha took office , freedom was given to us by the West.

This reluctance to take office is recalled during the annual mayor-making in the council chamber of the town hall.

The national spotlight is one Bush has attempted to avoid since taking office in January 1995.

When she was free she took him into the office and sank into a chair as though exhausted.

No matter who takes office as president next January, the legitimacy of his election will be in doubt.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

badge of office

And there were more badges of office.

His badge of office, a large gold key, hung round his neck on a silk ribbon.

Police are quizzing staff and contractors in Middlesbrough municipal buildings after the theft of the nine-carat chains and two badges of office.

factory girl/shop girl/office girl

next-door apartment/office etc

office/paper/delivery etc boy

And he'd send messages back through his delivery boy !

Even little office boys dressed as though they were running the country.

He opened a flower shop but spends most of his time working as a delivery boy .

One container held around thirty dollars in change and small bills, handy for tipping delivery boys , I suppose.

Perhaps he had just been a delivery boy .

Policeman, judge, delivery boy , priest, referee, commissionaire.

The restaurant delivery boy rode skillfully up on his bike.

sb's good offices

The UN's good offices will be necessary in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

storefront church/law office/school etc

In Sanchersville, she opened a storefront law office perforating the heart of the ghetto.

the Oval Office

the Post Office

A niece took over the post office when she married, and it was moved to the present premises.

He found him across the street from the post office.

I lived outside myself, trying to forget the shin, and think only of the post office at Reggane.

J., last year, when a man shot up the post office in a bizarre robbery.

Last month, the Post Office announced it was shedding 15,000 jobs.

She sent a registered letter and the Post Office sent her his signed receipt for it, dated May 18.

We will set performance targets for the Post Office and ensure they are published in all offices, together with results achieved.

throw sb out of work/office etc

Elections are invaluable, however, for providing the people with a peaceful way of throwing politicians out of office.

Naturally, stock market crashes and recessions end up tossing businesses into bankruptcy court and throwing people out of work.

Well, O. K. But throw him out of office in a rank-and-file election?

vote sb into/out of power/office/parliament etc

Four of the five who voted him out of office either refused to discuss the removal or did not return phone calls.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Frank shares an office with Shirley.

I never really enjoyed working in an office .

the office of mayor

the supervisor's office

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Although many solicitors offer fixed fee interviews they are given little publicity beyond referral lists and notices in some solicitors' offices.

And it is through this office that the collected intercepts are transmitted to the community.

He sat on the edge of the bed and dialled his office number.

Julian Hayman was in his office at the extremity of the ground floor.

The next morning, I was called back to the office .

Years before, these must have been splendid offices.

You are sitting in your office , and your hand is shaking as you read the memo announcing a new corporate restructuring.

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