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


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

Medieval Latin officiāre, officiāt-, to conduct, from Latin officium, service, duty; see office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Circa 17th Century, from Medieval Latin officiātus, perfect passive participle of officiō ("conduct or perform religious services"), from Latin officium ("official duty, service").


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