Definition of office noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒfɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfɪs//
    , NAmE//ˈɑːfɪs//
    Rooms in a house, In the office
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  1. 1   [countable] a room, set of rooms or building where people work, usually sitting at desks The company is moving to new offices on the other side of town. Are you going to the office today? an office job office workers CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on staff/​workers/​trainees recruit/​appoint a managerDoing a job arrive at/​get to/​leave work/​the office/​the factory start/​finish work/​your shift do/​put in/​work overtime have/​gain/​get/​lack/​need experience/​qualifications do/​get/​have/​receive training learn/​pick up/​improve/​develop (your) skills cope with/​manage/​share/​spread the workload improve your/​achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/​job securityBuilding a career have a job/​work/​a career/​a vocation find/​follow/​pursue/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) quit/​resign from your job give up work/​your job/​your career hand in your notice/​resignation plan to/​be due to retire in June/​next year, etc. take early retirement see also back office, head office See related entries: In the office
  2. 2   [countable] a room in which a particular person works, usually at a desk Some people have to share an office. Come into my office. See related entries: Rooms in a house
  3. 3 [countable] (North American English) (British English surgery) a place where a doctor, dentist or vet sees patients a doctor’s/dentist’s office
  4. 4   [countable] (often in compounds) a room or building used for a particular purpose, especially to provide information or a service the local tourist office a ticket office see also box office, registry office
  5. government department
  6. 5Office [countable] used in the names of some British government departments the Foreign Office the Home Office the Office of Fair Trading
  7. important position
  8. 6  [uncountable, countable] an important position of authority, especially in government; the work and duties connected with this She held office as a cabinet minister for ten years. How long has he been in office? The party has been out of office (= has not formed a government) for many years. The present government took office in 2009. to seek/run for office (British English) to stand for office the office of treasurer CollocationsVoting in electionsRunning for election conduct/​hold an election/​a referendum (especially North American English) run for office/​election/​governor/​mayor/​president/​the White House (especially British English) stand for election/​office/​Parliament/​the Labour Party/​a second term hold/​call/​contest a general/​national election launch/​run a presidential election campaign support/​back a candidate sway/​convince/​persuade voters/​the electorate appeal to/​attract/​woo/​target (North American English) swing voters/(British English) floating voters fix/​rig/​steal an election/​the voteVoting go to/​be turned away from (especially British English) a polling station/(North American English) a polling place cast a/​your vote/​ballot (for somebody) vote for the Conservative candidate/​the Democratic party mark/​spoil your ballot paper count (British English) the postal votes/(especially North American English) the absentee ballots go to/​be defeated at the ballot box get/​win/​receive/​lose votes get/​win (60% of) the popular/​black/​Hispanic/​Latino/​Muslim vote win the election/(in the US) the primaries/​a seat in Parliament/​a majority/​power lose an election/​the vote/​your majority/​your seat win/​come to power in a landslide (victory) (= with many more votes than any other party) elect/​re-elect somebody (as) mayor/​president/​an MP/​senator/​congressman/​congresswomanTaking power be sworn into office/​in as president take/​administer (in the US) the oath of office swear/​take (in the UK) an/​the oath of allegiance give/​deliver (in the US) the president’s inaugural address take/​enter/​hold/​leave office appoint somebody (as) ambassador/​governor/​judge/​minister form a government/​a cabinet serve two terms as prime minister/​in office
  9. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin officium ‘performance of a task’ (in medieval Latin also ‘office, divine service’), based on opus ‘work’ + facere ‘do’.Extra examples Crime figures had fallen, said a Home Office spokesman. He ran for office in the last presidential election. I sometimes go into the office on Saturdays when we’re busy. I sometimes have to stay late at the office. I’m sorry, Mr Anders is not in the office today. London has relatively few high-rise office buildings compared to cities in the US. Martin was sworn into office as prime minister in March. She has never sought public office. The Labour Party took office in 1997. The company set up its first permanent offices in Manhattan. The conference centre provides office facilities such as computers and faxes. The government seemed likely to remain in office for the next five years. The government was returned to office by a large majority. The old warehouses have been redeveloped as office buildings. The party has broken all the promises it made when out of office. The president holds office for a period of four years. The prime minister arranged a meeting in his private office. We have an office party every Christmas. We plan to open a New York office in the near future. What time do you usually leave the office? Working in a busy office environment can be stressful. You can contact our sales office at this number. a research project carried out by the Welsh Office an office overlooking the Hudson River breaking promises made when out of office the bill from an office visit to the doctor the three great offices of state: the prime minister, the chancellor and the foreign secretary to be re-elected for a second term of office Bush ran for office again in 2004. He took an office job in the city. He took over the office of treasurer last year. How long has he been in office? The company is moving to new offices on the other side of town. The party has been out of office for many years. There was a long wait at the ticket office. We ought to inform head office. You should be able to get a map at the local tourist office. to stand for officeIdioms
    through somebody’s good offices
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    (formal) with somebody’s help
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