Meaning of “office” in the English Dictionary

"office" in British English

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officenoun

uk /ˈɒf.ɪs/ us /ˈɑː.fɪs/

office noun (WORK PLACE)

A2 [ C ] a room or part of a building in which people work, especially sitting at tables with computers, phones, etc., usually as a part of a business or other organization:

the director's office
I didn't leave the office until eight o'clock last night.
office equipment
office workers

[ C ] a part of a company:

They have offices in Paris, London, and Madrid.

[ C ] US UK surgery a place where you can go to ask advice from or receive treatment from a doctor or dentist:

The doctor does not make house calls - you will have to come to her office.

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office noun (RESPONSIBILITY)

C1 [ C or U ] a position of authority and responsibility in a government or other organization:

the office of vice president
As chairman of the association, he held office for over 20 years.
The Socialist party has been in office (= governing)/out of office (= not governing) for almost ten years.
She's held various offices during her time in government.
The new President takes office on January 20th.

Officenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɒf.ɪs/ us /ˈɑː.fɪs/

a department of the national government in Britain, or an official government organization:

the Home Office
the Foreign Office
the Office of Fair Trading

(Definition of “office” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"office" in American English

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officenoun

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:

[ C ] the office of executive vice president
[ U ] The governor retired after 12 years in office.

(Definition of “office” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"office" in Business English

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officenoun

uk /ˈɒfɪs/ us

[ 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.
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

(Definition of “office” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)