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office

noun  us   /ˈɔ·fɪs, ˈɑf·ɪs/

office noun (WORK PLACE)

[C] a place in a building where a business is carried on by people working at desks (= special tables) used for writing and for holding telephones and computers: an office building I didn’t leave the office until nearly 8 o’clock. [C] An office is also the place of business where a doctor, lawyer, or other professional sees people: The doctor’s office was filled with people.

office noun (GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT)

[C] a part of a government department: the Office of Management and Budget the Patent Office

office noun (RESPONSIBILITY)

[C/U] a position of authority and responsibility in a government or other organization: [U] elective office [C] the office of executive vice president [U] The governor retired after 12 years in office.
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