Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To perform the duties and functions of an office or a position of authority.
  • intransitive v. To serve as an officiant.
  • intransitive v. Sports To serve as a referee or umpire.
  • transitive v. Usage Problem To perform from a position of authority (an official duty or function).
  • transitive v. Usage Problem To serve as an officiant at (a ceremony): officiated the wedding ceremony.
  • transitive v. Usage Problem To serve as a referee or umpire at (a game): officiated the hockey game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To perform the functions of some office.
  • v. To serve as umpire or referee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To act as an officer in performing a duty; to transact the business of an office or public trust; to conduct a public ceremony or service.
  • transitive v. To discharge, perform, or supply, as an official duty or function.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To perform official duties; perform such formal acts, duties, or ceremonies as pertain to an office or post; serve.
  • To perform or take part in.
  • To supply; give out.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding
  • v. perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function

Etymologies

Medieval Latin officiāre, officiāt-, to conduct, from Latin officium, service, duty; see office.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 17th Century, from Medieval Latin officiātus, perfect passive participle of officiō ("conduct or perform religious services"), from Latin officium ("official duty, service"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yeah, and I'd say they "officiate" more than they "judge" anyway, so election official is an accurate description.

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  • A German "woman bishop", who alledgedly had been ordained by an unnamed sympathetic real bishop, will "officiate" at tomorrow's ceremony.

    Oh Ladyeeeeeeeeeeee...

  • The primary focus of interest was as to who would "officiate" during his hospitalisation.

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  • The primary focus of interest is who would "officiate" during his hospitalisation.

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  • Reggie Buddle, the man who posed as a combat-decorated Marine and military chaplain, wasn't authorized to officiate at veterans 'funerals, recruit new Marines, perform their marriages or baptize them before they went to Iraq, but for one family, he managed to do all four.

    Reggie Buddle

  • Benson D-Prince George's said she grew up watching her father officiate over weddings and came to believe that such unions should be reserved for people who can have children.

    Md.'s top leaders cross Catholic hierarchy on gay marriage

  • I think the official should never be allowed to officiate another game in the Atlantic 10, in college basketball, in the United States.

    GW professor tossed from home finale

  • Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat set up a tent across the street to officiate Jewish ceremonies.

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  • July 25th marks the legal beginning of the Holy Sacrament of gay marriage in New York, which caused one of our Minister/Bloggers what a title to whine bitterly that she didn't have a gay line out her office door asking her to officiate.

    Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: HuffPost Religion Round-Up: July 17-24

  • The expectation within Old Trafford is that he will be charged and Ferguson already has two matches of a four-game touchline ban hanging over him as a suspended sentence for his condemnation of Alan Wiley in 2009 as not being physically fit to officiate in the Premier League.

    Sir Alex Ferguson faces ban over comments made about referee

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