Definition of “official” - English Dictionary

“official” in British English

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officialadjective

uk /əˈfɪʃ.əl/ us /əˈfɪʃ.əl/

C2 relating to a position of responsibility:

He visited China in his official capacity as America's trade representative.
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 announced publicly with authority:

Their engagement is now official.
Inflation has fallen below two percent, and that's official.

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officialnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈfɪʃ.əl/ us /əˈfɪʃ.əl/

(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 /əˈfɪʃəl/ us

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 currently investigating 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 personal life:

He was acting in his official capacity.
Even on official business they still find time 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 /əˈfɪʃəl/ us

a person who has a position of responsibility in an organization:

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

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