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of·fice  audio  (ôfs, fs) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. A place in which business, clerical, or professional activities are conducted.
    2. The administrative personnel, executives, or staff working in such a place.
  1. A duty or function assigned to or assumed by someone. See Synonyms at function.
  2. A position of authority, duty, or trust given to a person, as in a government or corporation: the office of vice president.
    1. A subdivision of a governmental department: the U.S. Patent Office.
    2. A major executive division of a government: the British Home Office.
  3. A public position: seek office.
  4. offices Chiefly British The parts of a house, such as the laundry and kitchen, in which servants carry out household work.
  5. A usually beneficial act performed for another. Often used in the plural.
  6. Ecclesiastical A ceremony, rite, or service, usually prescribed by liturgy, especially:
    1. The canonical hours.
    2. A prayer service in the Anglican Church, such as Morning or Evening Prayer.
    3. A ceremony, rite, or service for a special purpose, especially the Office of the Dead.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, duty, from Latin officium; see dh- in Indo-European roots


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