Other forms: officiating; officiated; officiates

To officiate is to preside over a ceremony, or to be the person in charge. At most weddings, a religious leader or judge officiates.

A rabbi might officiate during your cousin's wedding, or the happy couple might ask a friend to officiate. When an official acts in some official way, they also officiate. A referee, for example, officiates at a hockey game, and a town's mayor might officiate at the grand opening of a new library. Officiate, as of the seventeenth century, mainly meant "perform the duty of a priest," from the Latin root officium, "kindness," or "official duty," and also "church service."

Definitions of officiate
  1. verb
    act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding
    “Who officiated at your wedding?”
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    marry, splice, tie, wed
    perform a marriage ceremony
    solemnise, solemnize
    perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
    type of:
    perform a function
  2. verb
    perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
    “His wife officiated as his private secretary”
    synonyms: function
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    type of:
    do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function
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