office

If you have an office job, it means that you go to work in an office, or a professional business place, every day.

Your office is the place you work, meeting with colleagues, sitting at a desk, and wearing sneakers on Casual Friday. The President of the United States has an office too, but it's a different kind: his or her office is a position of power. All government officials can be described as holding or taking office, which is when they assume the control and responsibilities that come with their important jobs.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: office

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n
place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed
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n
a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: office
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n place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed

“he rented an office in the new building”
Synonyms:
business office
Examples:
Oval Office
the office of the President of the United States in the White House
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box office, ticket booth, ticket office
the office where tickets of admission are sold
countinghouse
office used by the accountants of a business
government office
an office where government employees work
central office, headquarters, home base, home office, main office
(usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise
life office
life assurance office
loan office
an office where loans are negotiated and repaid
newsroom
an office in which news is processed by a newspaper or news agency or television or radio station
shipping office
the office of a shipping agent; an office where seamen are hired
jobcentre
a government office in a town where information about available jobs is displayed and where unemployment benefits are administered
land office
a government office where business relating to public lands is transacted
mukataa
an Arabic word for headquarters or administrative center
Type of:
business establishment, place of business
an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered

n professional or clerical workers in an office

“the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard”
Synonyms:
office staff
Type of:
staff
personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task

n an administrative unit of government

Office of Management and Budget”
Synonyms:
agency, authority, bureau, federal agency, government agency
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Air Force Research Laboratory
a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces
Army High Performance Computing Research Center
a United States defense laboratory to conduct research in high-performance computing for defense technology applications; a partnership of government and university and industry
Naval Research Laboratory
the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines
United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory
a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence
Manhattan Project
a former United States executive agency that was responsible for developing atomic bombs during World War II
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executive agency
an agency of the executive branch of government
FDA, Food and Drug Administration
a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health-related products
CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services; located in Atlanta; investigates and diagnoses and tries to control or prevent diseases (especially new and unusual diseases)
CTC, Counterterrorist Center
an agency that helps the Director of Central Intelligence coordinate counterterrorist efforts in order to preempt and disrupt and defeat terrorist activities at the earliest possible stage
NPC, Nonproliferation Center
an agency that serves as the focal point for all Intelligence Community activities related to nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their missile delivery systems
Bureau of the Census, Census Bureau
the bureau of the Commerce Department responsible for taking the census; provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States
NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
an agency in the Department of Commerce that maps the oceans and conserves their living resources; predicts changes to the earth's environment; provides weather reports and forecasts floods and hurricanes and other natural disasters related to weather
NCDC, National Climatic Data Center
the part of NOAA that maintains the world's largest active archive of weather data
National Weather Service
the federal agency in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is responsible for weather forecast and preparation of weather maps
Technology Administration
an agency in the Department of Commerce that works with United States industries to promote competitiveness and maximize the impact of technology on economic growth
NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology
an agency in the Technology Administration that makes measurements and sets standards as needed by industry or government programs
NTIS, National Technical Information Service
an agency in the Technology Administration that is a primary resource for government-funded scientific and technical and engineering and business related information
DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
the central research and development organization for the United States Department of Defense; responsible for developing new surveillance technologies since 9/11
Department of Defense Laboratory System, LABLINK
a defense laboratory that provides essential services in fundamental science for national security and environmental protection and provides technologies that contribute to industrial competitiveness
DOEI, Department of Energy Intelligence
an agency that collects political and economic and technical information about energy matters and makes the Department of Energy's technical and analytical expertise available to other members of the Intelligence Community
PHS, United States Public Health Service
an agency that serves as the office of Surgeon General; includes agencies whose mission is to improve the public health
NIH, National Institutes of Health
an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is to employ science in the pursuit of knowledge to improve human health; is the principal biomedical research agency of the federal government
BJA, Bureau of Justice Assistance
the bureau in the Department of Justice that assists local criminal justice systems to reduce or prevent crime and violence and drug abuse
BJS, Bureau of Justice Statistics
the agency in the Department of Justice that is the primary source of criminal justice statistics for federal and local policy makers
INS, Immigration and Naturalization Service
an agency in the Department of Justice that enforces laws and regulations for the admission of foreign-born persons to the United States
US Border Patrol, United States Border Patrol
the mobile law enforcement arm of the Immigration and Naturalization Service that detects and prevents illegal entry of aliens into the United States
Bureau of Diplomatic Security, DS
the bureau in the State Department that is responsible for the security of diplomats and embassies overseas
Foreign Service
the part of the State Department that supplies diplomats for the United States embassies and consulates around the world
Bureau of Intelligence and Research, INR
an agency that is the primary source in the State Department for interpretive analyses of global developments and focal point for policy issues and activities of the Intelligence Community
FWS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
an agency in the Department of the Interior that conserves and protects fish and wildlife and their habitats; assesses the environmental impact of pesticides and nuclear power site and hydroelectric dams and thermal pollution
National Park Service
an agency of the Interior Department responsible for the national parks
Financial Management Service
the federal agency in the Treasury Department that manages the government's disbursement and collection systems and provides central accounting and financial reporting
OIS, Office of Intelligence Support
agency that oversees the intelligence relationships of the Treasury's offices and bureaus and provides a link between the Intelligence Community and officials responsible for international economic policy
Comptroller of the Currency
the agency of the Treasury Department responsible for controlling the currency
Bureau of Customs, Customs Bureau, Customs Service, USCB
the agency of the Treasury Department that enforces import tariffs
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
the agency of the Treasury Department that produces currency
IRS, Internal Revenue Service
the bureau of the Treasury Department responsible for tax collections
FAA, Federal Aviation Agency
an agency in the Department of Transportation that is responsible for the safety of civilian aviation
TSA, Transportation Security Administration
an agency established in 2001 to safeguard United States transportation systems and insure safe air travel
GAO, Government Accounting Office, United States Government Accounting Office
an independent nonpartisan federal agency that acts as the investigative arm of Congress making the executive branch accountable to Congress and the government accountable to citizens of the United States
Navy, US Navy, USN, United States Navy
the navy of the United States of America; the agency that maintains and trains and equips combat-ready naval forces
U. S. Coast Guard, US Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard
an agency of the Department of Transportation responsible for patrolling shores and facilitating nautical commerce
NAWCWPNS, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
the principal agency of the United States Navy for research and development for air warfare and missile weapon systems
NSW, Naval Special Warfare
the agency that provides units to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare
NSWC, Naval Surface Warfare Center
the agency that provides scientific and engineering and technical support for all aspects of surface warfare
NUWC, Naval Underwater Warfare Center
the agency that provides scientific and engineering and technical support for submarine and undersea warfare systems
ONI, Office of Naval Intelligence
the military intelligence agency that provides for the intelligence and counterintelligence and investigative and security requirements of the United States Navy
MCIA, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity
an agency of the United States Marine Corps that provides responsive and broad intelligence support for the worldwide Marine Corps organization
Air Force, U. S. Air Force, US Air Force, USAF, United States Air Force
the airforce of the United States of America; the agency that defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space
AFISR, Air Force ISR, Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance
an agency focused on ensuring that the United States military attains information superiority; operates worldwide ground sites and an array of airborne reconnaissance and surveillance platforms
independent agency
an agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress and is independent of the executive departments
ARDA, Advanced Research and Development Activity
an agency of the Intelligence Community that conducts advanced research and development related to information technology
Defense Logistics Agency
a logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense; provides worldwide support for military missions
DRMS, Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
the organization in the Defense Logistics Agency that inventories and evaluates and sells reusable United States government surplus
DTIC, Defense Technical Information Center
the agency in the Department of Defense that provides scientific and technical information to federal agencies and their contractors
law enforcement agency
an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws
OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
a government agency in the Department of Labor to maintain a safe and healthy work environment
organ
a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function
Patent Office, Patent and Trademark Office Database
the government bureau in the Department of Commerce that keeps a record of patents and trademarks and grants new ones
GPO, Government Printing Office, US Government Printing Office, United States Government Printing Office
an agency of the legislative branch that provides printing and binding services for Congress and the departments and establishments of the federal government
NGB, National Guard Bureau
the agency that administers the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard; provides liaison between the Army and the Air Force and various National Guard units
Army, U. S. Army, US Army, USA, United States Army
the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare
AI, Army Intelligence
an agency of the United States Army responsible for providing timely and relevant and accurate and synchronized intelligence to tactical and operational and strategic level commanders
BMDO, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
an agency in the Department of Defense that is responsible for making ballistic missile defense a reality
DISA, Defense Information Systems Agency
a combat support agency in the Department of Defense responsible for developing and operating and supporting information systems to serve the needs of the President and the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff
NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
a combat support agency that provides geographic intelligence in support of national security
CCRC, Casualty Care Research Center
an agency in the Department of Defense that is a national center for research on all aspects of injury control and casualty care
FHA, Federal Housing Administration
the federal agency in the Department of Housing and Urban Development that insures residential mortgages
local authority
an administrative unit of local government
AEC, Atomic Energy Commission
a former executive agency (from 1946 to 1974) that was responsible for research into atomic energy and its peacetime uses in the United States
NRC, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
an independent federal agency created in 1974 to license and regulate nuclear power plants
EPA, Environmental Protection Agency
an independent federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment
FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency
an independent agency of the United States government that provides a single point of accountability for all federal emergency preparedness and mitigation and response activities
Council of Economic Advisors
an executive agency responsible for providing economic advice to the President
CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
an independent agency of the United States government responsible for collecting and coordinating intelligence and counterintelligence activities abroad in the national interest; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence under the supervision of the President and National Security Council
ICC, Interstate Commerce Commission
a former independent federal agency that supervised and set rates for carriers that transported goods and people between states; was terminated in 1995
NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
an independent agency of the United States government responsible for aviation and spaceflight
NARA, National Archives and Records Administration
the independent agency that oversees management of federal government records including presidential libraries and historic collections
NLRB, National Labor Relations Board
an independent agency of the United States government charged with mediating disputes between management and labor unions
NSF, National Science Foundation
an independent agency of the federal government responsible for the promotion of progress in science and engineering by supporting programs in research and education
Postal Rate Commission
an independent federal agency that recommends changes in postal rates
US Postal Service, USPS, United States Postal Service
an independent federal agency that provides mail processing and delivery service for individuals and businesses in the United States
US Postal Inspection Service, United States Postal Inspection Service
the primary law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service
NSC, National Security Council
a committee in the executive branch of government that advises the president on foreign and military and national security; supervises the Central Intelligence Agency
Council on Environmental Policy
the executive agency that advises the President on protecting the environment
Joint Chiefs, Joint Chiefs of Staff
the executive agency that advises the President on military questions; composed of the chiefs of the United States Army and the United States Navy and the United States Air Force and the commandant of the United States Marine Corps
OMB, Office of Management and Budget
the executive agency that advises the President on the federal budget
US Trade Representative, United States Trade Representative
the executive agency that administers the President's policies on international trade
FCC, Federal Communications Commission
an independent government agency that regulates interstate and international communications by radio and television and wire and cable and satellite
SSA, Social Security Administration
an independent government agency responsible for the Social Security system
FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation
a federal law enforcement agency that is the principal investigative arm of the Department of Justice
FLETC, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
a center in the Department of that trains law enforcement professionals for more than seventy federal agencies
FinCEN, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
a law enforcement agency of the Treasury Department responsible for establishing and implementing policies to detect money laundering
ATF, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
the law enforcement and tax collection agency of the Treasury Department that enforces federal laws concerning alcohol and tobacco products and firearms and explosives and arson
CID, Criminal Investigation Command
the United States Army's principal law enforcement agency responsible for the conduct of criminal investigations for all levels of the Army anywhere in the world
DEA, Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency
federal agency responsible for enforcing laws and regulations governing narcotics and controlled substances; goal is to immobilize drug trafficking organizations
BoP, Federal Bureau of Prisons
the law enforcement agency of the Justice Department that operates a nationwide system of prisons and detention facilities to incarcerate inmates sentenced to imprisonment for federal crimes
Federal Judiciary
the judiciary of the United States which is responsible for interpreting and enforcing federal laws
NIJ, National Institute of Justice
the law enforcement agency that is the research and development branch of the Department of Justice
Marshals, US Marshals Service, United States Marshals Service
the United States' oldest federal law enforcement agency is responsible today for protecting the Federal Judiciary and transporting federal prisoners and protecting federal witnesses and managing assets seized from criminals and generally ensuring the effective operation of the federal judicial system
PO, Post Office, US Post Office, United States Post Office
an independent agency of the federal government responsible for mail delivery (and sometimes telecommunications) between individuals and businesses in the United States
constabulary, law, police, police force
the force of policemen and officers
FTC, Federal Trade Commission
an independent agency of the United States federal government that maintains fair and free competition; enforces federal antitrust laws; educates the public about identity theft
OIG, Office of Inspector General
the investigative arm of the Federal Trade Commission
GSA, General Services Administration
a central management agency that sets Federal policy for Federal procurement and real property management and information resources management
FPS, Federal Protective Service
an agency in the General Services Administration that is a security organization to provide a safe environment where Federal agencies can conduct their business
SBA, Small Business Administration
an independent agency of the United States government that protects the interests of small businesses and ensures that they receive a fair share of government contracts
SSS, Selective Service, Selective Service System
an independent federal agency that administers compulsory military service
SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission
an independent federal agency that oversees the exchange of securities to protect investors
Type of:
administrative body, administrative unit
a unit with administrative responsibilities

n a job in an organization

Synonyms:
berth, billet, place, position, post, situation, spot
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academicianship
the position of member of an honorary academy
accountantship
the position of accountant
admiralty
the office of admiral
ambassadorship
the post of ambassador
apostleship
the position of apostle
apprenticeship
the position of apprentice
associateship
the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
attorneyship
the position of attorney
bailiffship
the office of bailiff
baronetage
the state of a baronet
bishopry, episcopate
the office and dignity of a bishop
cadetship
the position of cadet
caliphate
the office of a caliph
captaincy, captainship
the post of captain
cardinalship
the office of cardinal
chairmanship
the position of chairman
chancellorship
the office of chancellor
chaplaincy, chaplainship
the position of chaplain
chieftaincy, chieftainship
the position of chieftain
clerkship
the job of clerk
commandership, commandery
the position or office of commander
comptrollership
the position of comptroller
consulship
the post of consul
controllership
the position of controller
councillorship, councilorship
the position of council member
counsellorship, counselorship
the position of counselor
curacy
the position of a curate
curatorship
the position of curator
custodianship
the position of custodian
deanery, deanship
the position or office of a dean
directorship
the position of a director of a business concern
discipleship
the position of disciple
editorship
the position of editor
eldership
the office of elder
emirate
the office of an emir
fatherhood
the status of a father
fatherhood
the status of a religious leader
foremanship
the position of foreman
generalcy, generalship
the office and authority of a general
governorship
the office of governor
headship
the position of head
headship
the position of headmaster or headmistress
hot seat
a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
incumbency
the office of an incumbent
inspectorship
the office of inspector
instructorship
the position of instructor
internship
the position of a medical intern
judgeship, judicature
the position of judge
khanate
the position of a khan
lectureship
the post of lecturer
legateship, legation
the post or office of legate
legislatorship
the office of legislator
librarianship
the position of librarian
lieutenancy
the position of a lieutenant
magistracy, magistrature
the position of magistrate
managership
the position of manager
manhood
the status of being a man
marshalship
the post of marshall
mastership
the position of master
mayoralty
the position of mayor
messiahship
the position of messiah
moderatorship
the position of moderator
overlordship
the position of overlord
pastorate, pastorship
the position of pastor
peasanthood
the state of being a peasant
plum
a highly desirable position or assignment
praetorship
the office of praetor
precentorship
the position of precentor
preceptorship
the position of preceptor
prefecture
the office of prefect
prelacy, prelature
the office or station of a prelate
premiership
the office of premier
presidency, presidentship
the office and function of president
primateship
the office of primate
principalship
the post of principal
priorship
the office of prior
proconsulate, proconsulship
the position of proconsul
proctorship
the position of proctor
chair, professorship
the position of professor
protectorship
the position of protector
public office
a position concerning the people as a whole
rabbinate
the office or function of a rabbi
receivership
the office of a receiver
rectorate, rectorship
the office or station of a rector
regency
the office of a regent
residency
the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship)
rulership
the position of ruler
sainthood
the status and dignity of a saint
secretaryship
the position of secretary
feudal lordship, seigneury, seigniory
the position and authority of a feudal lord
senatorship
the office of senator
sinecure
an office that involves minimal duties
solicitorship
the position of solicitor
speakership
the position of Speaker
stewardship
the position of steward
studentship
the position of student
teachership
the position of teacher
thaneship
the position of thane
throne
the position and power of an exalted person (a sovereign or bishop) who is entitled to sit in a chair of state on ceremonial occasions
treasurership
the position of treasurer
tribuneship
the position of tribune
trusteeship
the position of trustee
vice-presidency
the office and function of a vice president
viceroyship
the position of viceroy
viziership
the position of vizier
wardenship
the position of warden
wardership
the position of warder
womanhood
the status of a woman
headmastership
the position of headmaster
headmistressship
the position of headmistress
Chief Executive, President, President of the United States
the office of the United States head of state
bully pulpit
a public office of sufficiently high rank that it provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter
Attorney General, Attorney General of the United States
the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
Agriculture Secretary, Secretary of Agriculture
the position of the head of the Department of Agriculture
Commerce Secretary, Secretary of Commerce
the position of the head of the Department of Commerce
Defense Secretary, Secretary of Defense
the position of the head of the Department of Defense
Education Secretary, Secretary of Education
the position of the head of the Education Department
Energy Secretary, Secretary of Energy
the position of the head of the Department of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
the position of the head of the Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
the position of the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Labor Secretary, Secretary of Labor
the position of the head of the Department of Labor
Secretary of State
the position of the head of the State Department
Interior Secretary, Secretary of the Interior
the position of the head of the Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary
the position of the head of the Treasury Department
Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Secretary
the position of the head of the Department of Transportation
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
the position of the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of War, War Secretary
head of a former executive department; combined with the Navy Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
Navy Secretary, Secretary of the Navy
head of a former executive department; combined with the War Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
Secretary of Commerce and Labor
head of a former executive department created in 1903 and divided into two departments in 1913
Secretary of Health Education and Welfare
head of a former executive department created in 1953 and divided into two departments in 1979
Type of:
business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

n the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

Synonyms:
function, part, role
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capacity
a specified function
hat
an informal term for a person's role
portfolio
the role of the head of a government department
lieu, place, position, stead
the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
second fiddle
a secondary role or function
behalf
as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of")
Type of:
duty
work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

n (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power

“being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage”
“during his first year in office
Synonyms:
power
Types:
executive clemency
the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction
war power
an extraordinary power exercised (usually by the executive branch) in the prosecution of a war and involving an extension of the powers that the government normally has in peacetime
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes
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n a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities

“the offices of the mass”
Types:
Divine Office
canonical prayers recited daily by priests (e.g. the breviary of the Roman Catholic Church)
Little Office
a Roman Catholic office honoring the Virgin Mary; similar to but shorter than the Divine Office
Office of the Dead
an office read or sung before a burial mass in the Roman Catholic Church
Type of:
religious rite, rite
an established ceremony prescribed by a religion
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