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"official" in British English

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officialadjective

uk   us   /əˈfɪʃ.əl/
C2 relating to a ​position of ​responsibility: He ​visitedChina in his official ​capacity as America's ​traderepresentative. Number Ten Downing Street is the British ​prime minister's official ​residence.
Opposite
B2 agreed to or ​arranged by ​people in ​positions of ​authority: the official ​photos of the president's ​tour of ​India The Queen will ​attend the official ​opening of the ​theatre in ​June. There is to be an official ​inquiry into the ​incident.C2 If a ​piece of ​information is official, it has been ​announcedpublicly with ​authority: Their ​engagement is now official. Inflation has ​fallen below two ​percent, and that's official.

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officialnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈfɪʃ.əl/
C2 a ​person who has a ​position of ​responsibility in an ​organization: a ​government/trade-union/​council official

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

"official" in American English

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officialnoun [C]

 us   /əˈfɪʃ·əl/
a ​person who has a ​position of ​responsibility in an ​organization: a ​senior official

officialadjective

 us   /əˈfɪʃ·əl/
connected with or ​arranged by someone in a ​position of ​responsibility: an official ​announcement
officially
adverb  us   /əˈfɪʃ·ə·li/
The ​name of the new ​director will be officially ​announced in ​June.
(Definition of official from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"official" in Business English

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officialadjective

uk   us   /əˈfɪʃəl/
agreed to or ​arranged by ​people in ​positions of ​authority: The ​trust is expected to receive official ​permission to ​sell its ​shares. We obtained official ​documents that were necessary to ​start the ​work. An official ​inquiry is ​currentlyinvestigating some of the most serious ​allegations.
used to describe something that has been announced ​publicly by someone in a ​position of ​authority: So far, there has been no official announcement from the ​company.
related to your ​work rather than your ​personallife: He was ​acting in his official ​capacity. Even on official ​business they still ​findtime for a little ​tourism. I accompanied the ​minister on his official visit to Prague.
relating to a ​position of ​responsibility: They chose him as their official ​representative in the ​talks with the ​management.

officialnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈfɪʃəl/
a ​person who has a ​position of ​responsibility in an ​organization: a tradeunion/​government official
(Definition of official from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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