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office

noun     /ˈɒfɪs/
[C] WORKPLACE a room or building in which people work , especially sitting at desks with computers , phones , etc., as a part of a business or other organization : The meeting is at their offices in San Diego.local/regional/overseas office It would be so much easier if they delegated the authority to the regional office. set up/open an office The company has just set up an office in New York. Firms eligible for the fund are those that have a branch office in the region . office jobs / work office staff / workers office supplies / equipment / furniture A large open plan office can be made up of one main room with tens or hundreds of people working in the same space .
the office WORKPLACE someone's place of work : I don't leave the office until 7p.m. most days . He's not in the office right now; he's out at a meeting .
[C] WORKPLACE a room in which one person , or a small number of people , works : in my/your/her, etc. office Please come and see me in my office later . They share an office and consult each other on all important decisions . John uses the spare room at home as an office.
[C] a room or part of a building where you can get information , buy tickets , etc.: a ticket / enquiry office
[C] US WORKPLACE the place where a doctor or dentist sees their patients : She sees most of her patients at her downtown office.
[C or U] GOVERNMENT a position of authority and responsibility in a government or other organization : be in/out of office The new president has now been in office for over a year .hold/leave/take office In the five years she's held office, she has initiated many changes within the Department of Justice . He's held various offices during his time as minister . public / executive / corporate office
Office GOVERNMENT a department of the national government , or an official government organization : the Home Office the Foreign Office the Office of Fair Trading the Office of Thrift Supervision
→ See also assay office, back office, box office, exchange office, front office, head office, home office, land office, main office, patent office, post office, press office, registered office, sales office, satellite office, small office/home office, sorting office, statistical office, tourist office, virtual office
(Definition of office noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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