W1S1 [ˈɔfıs US ˈo:-, ˈa:-] n
3 office hours
5 Office
6¦(place for information)¦
8 somebody's good offices/the good offices of somebody
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin officium 'service, duty, office', from opus 'work' + facere 'to do']
1.) ¦(BUILDING)¦
a building that belongs to a company or 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)¦
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) AmE 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 2 to 4 on Mondays and Thursdays.
4.) ¦(JOB)¦ [U and C]
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
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?
7.) ¦(DOCTOR)¦ AmE
the place where a doctor or ↑dentist examines or treats people
British Equivalent: surgery
8.) sb's good offices/the good offices of sb
formal help given by someone who has authority or can influence people
through the good offices of sb
I managed to obtain a visa through the good offices of a friend in the Service.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Office — Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • office — (n.) mid 13c., a post, an employment to which certain duties are attached, from Anglo Fr. and O.Fr. office (12c. in Old French), from L. officium service, duty, function, business (in Ecclesiastical Latin, church service ), lit. work doing, from… …   Etymology dictionary

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