Meaning of OFFICE in English



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


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

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

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

Telephone their head ~ for more details. ~ block.



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

Thousands have registered with unemployment ~s.

...Downing Street’s press ~.

...the Congressional Budget Office.



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

The tourist ~ operates a useful room-finding service.

...the airline ticket ~s.

N-COUNT: usu supp N


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



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

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

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

The president shall hold ~ for five years...

He ran for ~.

N-UNCOUNT: oft in/out of N


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

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