Meaning of OFFICE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ɒfɪs, AM ɔ:f- ]

( offices)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


An office is a room or a part of a building where people work sitting at desks.

He had an office big enough for his desk and chair, plus his VDU...

At about 4.30 p.m. Audrey arrived at the office...

Telephone their head office for more details. office block.



An office is a department of an organization, especially the government, where people deal with a particular kind of administrative work.

Thousands have registered with unemployment offices.

...Downing Street’s press office.

...the Congressional Budget Office.



An office is a small building or room where people can go for information, tickets, or a service of some kind.

The tourist office operates a useful room-finding service.

...the airline ticket offices.

N-COUNT : usu supp N


A doctor’s or dentist’s office is a place where a doctor or dentist sees their patients. ( AM; in BRIT, use surgery )



If someone holds office in a government, they have an important job or position of authority.

The events to mark the President’s ten years in office went ahead as planned...

They are fed up with the politicians and want to vote them out of office...

The president shall hold office for five years...

He ran for office.

N-UNCOUNT : oft in/out of N


see also booking office , box office , post office , register office , registry office

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