Definition of office noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



/ˈɔfəs; ˈɑfəs/


1 [countable] a room, set of rooms, or building where people work, usually sitting at desksThe company is moving to new offices on the other side of town.Are you going to the office today?an office joboffice workers see also back office, head office2 [countable] a room in which a particular person works, usually at a deskSome people have to share an office.Come into my office.3 [countable] a place where a doctor, dentist, or veterinarian sees patientsa doctor's/dentist's office4 [countable] (often in compounds) a room or building used for a particular purpose, especially to provide information or a servicethe local tourist officea ticket office see also box office

important position

5 [uncountable, countable] an important position of authority, especially in government; the work and duties connected with thisShe held office as governor for eight years.How long has he been in office?The former senator has been out of office for many years.The present incumbent took office in seek/run for officethe office of treasurer

government department

6 Office [singular] used in the names of some government departmentsthe Office of Management and Budget

through someone's good offices

(formal) with someone's helpthrough good offices
Usage noteUsage note: Jobsgetting a joblook for worklook for/apply for/go for a jobget/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form)send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letterbe called for/have/attend an interviewoffer someone a job/work/employment/a promotionfind/get/land a jobemploy/hire/recruit staff/workers/traineesrecruit/appoint a managerdoing a jobarrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factorystart/finish work/your shiftdo/put in/work overtimehave/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualificationsdo/get/have/receive traininglearn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skillscope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workloadimprove your/achieve a better work-life balancehave (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a careerhave a job/work/a career/a vocationfind/follow/pursue your vocationenter/go into/join a professionchoose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a careerchange jobs/professions/careersbe/go/work freelancedo/take on temp work/freelance workdo/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your jobleave/quit/resign from your jobgive up work/your job/your careerhand in your notice/resignationplan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc.take early retirementUsage noteUsage note: Voting in Electionsrunning for electionconduct/hold an election/a referendumrun for office/election/governor/mayor/president/the White Houseenter/run in/withdraw from the primary/Senate/gubernatorial racerepresent the Democrats/the Republican Partyhold/contest a local/mid-term/primary/national electionlaunch/run a presidential (election) campaignsupport/back a candidatesway/convince/persuade voters/the electorateappeal to/attract/woo/target/pander to swing votersfix/rig/steal an election/the votevotinggo to/be turned away from a polling place/stationcast a/your vote/ballot (for someone)vote for the Republican candidate/the Democratic ticketmark/spoil your ballot papercount the early/absentee ballotsgo to/be defeated at the ballot boxget/win/receive/lose votesget/win (60% of) the popular/black/Hispanic/Latino votewin power/the election/the primary/a senate seat/a majoritylose an election/the vote/your majority/your seatwin/come to power in a landslide (victory) (= with many more votes than any other party)elect/reelect someone (as) mayor/president/congressman/congresswoman/a Senator/a Representativetaking powerbe sworn into office/in as presidenttake/administer the oath of officegive/deliver the inaugural addresstake/enter/hold/leave officeappoint someone (as) ambassador/governor/minister/a federal judge/a Supreme Court justiceform a government/a cabinetserve two terms as president/in office⇨ more collocations at economy, politics