official Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “official” in the English Dictionary

"official" in British English

See all translations

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.
More examples

officialnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈfɪʃ.əl/
C2 a ​person who has a ​position of ​responsibility in an ​organization: a ​government/trade-union/​council official
More examples
(Definition of official from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"official" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of official?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“official” in Business English

Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More