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official

noun [C]  /əˈfɪʃ·əl/ us  
a person who has a position of responsibility in an organization: a senior official

official

adjective  /əˈfɪʃ·əl/ us  
connected with or arranged by someone in a position of responsibility: an official announcement
officially
adverb  /əˈfɪʃ·ə·li/ us  
The name of the new director will be officially announced in June.
Translations of “official”
in Korean 공식적인…
in Arabic رَسْمي…
in French officiel…
in Turkish resmî, herkesçe bilinen, malum…
in Italian ufficiale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 官員的, 公職的, 公務的…
in Russian официальный, служебный, должностной…
in Polish oficjalny…
in Spanish oficial…
in Portuguese oficial…
in German Amts-…, Dienst-…, offiziell…
in Catalan oficial…
in Japanese 公式な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 官员的, 公职的, 公务的…
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