Meaning of OFFICE in English


of ‧ fice S1 W1 /ˈɒfəs, ˈɒfɪs $ ˈɒː-, ˈɑː-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ office , ↑ officer , ↑ official , ↑ officialdom , ↑ officialese , ↑ officiousness ; adverb : ↑ officially ≠ ↑ unofficially , ↑ officiously ; adjective : ↑ official ≠ ↑ unofficial , ↑ officious ; verb : ↑ officiate ]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin officium 'service, duty, office' , from opus 'work' + facere 'to do' ]

1 . BUILDING [countable] a building that belongs to a company or an organization, with rooms where people can work at desks:

The department occupies an office just a mile from the White House.

main/head office (=the most important office)

The head office is in Edinburgh.

Did you go to the office (=the office where you work) today?

at the office

Have a nice day at the office.

local/regional office

The agency has a network of regional offices.

office staff/workers/equipment etc

Office staff need well-designed desks and chairs.

the increased demand for office space

2 . ROOM [countable] a room where someone has a desk and works, on their own or with other people:

the manager’s office

Sorry, Ann’s not in her office right now.

Dan shares an office with Lisa.

3 . office hours

a) the time between about 9:00 in the morning and 5:00 in the afternoon, when people in offices are working:

Can you phone again during office hours?

b) American English the time during the day or week when students can meet with their teacher in the teacher’s office:

Professor Lee’s office hours are from two to four on Mondays and Thursdays.

4 . JOB [uncountable and countable] an important job or position with power, especially in government:

the office of President

in office

She was celebrating ten years in office.

A provisional military government took office (=started in an important job or position) .

hold office (=have a particular important job or position)

Trujillo held office as finance minister.

a five-year term of office (=period of time working in an important job)

5 . Office used in the names of some government departments:

the Foreign Office

the Office of the District Attorney

6 . PLACE FOR INFORMATION [countable] a room or building where people go to ask for information, buy tickets etc

information/ticket etc office

the tourist office

Is there a lost property office?

⇨ ↑ box office , ↑ post office , ↑ registry office

7 . DOCTOR [countable] American English the place where a doctor or ↑ dentist examines or treats people SYN surgery British English

8 . sb’s good offices/the good offices of somebody formal help given by someone who has authority or can influence people

through the good offices of somebody

I managed to obtain a visa through the good offices of a friend in the Service.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.