Meaning of officer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒfɪsə/

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  • 1A person holding a position of authority, especially one with a commission, in the armed services, the mercantile marine, or on a passenger ship.

    ‘he is also a serving officer in the army’
    • ‘Anderson later served as a warrant officer and commissioned officer in the Army Reserve.’
    • ‘The hardest workers among you may become chief petty officers, warrant officers and commissioned officers.’
    • ‘We have more women commissioned officers than the Active Army, even though we're about 60 percent smaller.’
    • ‘The General was commissioned as an Infantry officer from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.’
    • ‘Elected by a meeting of the ship's officers, it helps to foster comradely relations among servicemen.’
    • ‘The officers of the Continental Army made up perhaps the most cohesive and most national of institutions.’
    • ‘In some cases, high-ranking officers re-entered the Red Army with their previous ranks restored.’
    • ‘Commissioned as an infantry officer, he served in a variety of command and staff positions prior to joining the senior faculty at West Point.’
    • ‘In 1969, he applied for Officer Candidate School and earned a commission as an Infantry officer.’
    • ‘She had lunch with some of the ship's officers before going on to meet members of her air squadrons.’
    • ‘He was one of the earliest Royal Marines officers to qualify as a fixed-wing pilot.’
    • ‘He was commissioned as an armor officer in 1991 from Niagara University.’
    • ‘There are also schools to train officers for the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.’
    • ‘His public service began as an Infantry officer in the Army.’
    • ‘"It became an intelligence war," said a senior military intelligence officer last week.’
    • ‘But the retired army warrant officer said it's not good enough.’
    • ‘His father was a retired military intelligence officer in the Egyptian army.’
    • ‘China has sacked two high-ranking naval officers involved in a fatal submarine accident.’
    • ‘The new pattern was that he appointed almost all retired army officers into civilian offices.’
    • ‘I would not be in favor of seeing another commanding officer in charge of the military.’
    committee member, official, office-holder, office-bearer, board member, public servant, administrator, commissioner, executive, functionary, bureaucrat, dignitary
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    1. 1.1A policeman or policewoman.
      ‘Special Constables provide valuable support to full-time officers’
      • ‘officers arrested one person at the scene’
      • ‘The 33-year-old was interviewed by Garda officers at the police station at Dublin Airport.’
      • ‘A procedure which left it to individual officers in police stations to perform some sort of balancing exercise would, it was said, be unworkable.’
      • ‘In addition to mounted police, motorcyclists and special constables, undercover officers will mingle with crowds.’
      • ‘Lancashire will soon be paying more retired officers than police constables it currently employs.’
      • ‘There are now many facets to police work and numerous officers not on patrol.’
      • ‘As a poster campaign aimed at urging the public to be more vigilant was launched, transport police said plain-clothes officers would patrol the Tube network.’
      • ‘Discipline in all walks of life, punctuality, politeness and good manners are expected from the police constables and officers.’
      • ‘There are a number of police stations where officers were selling confidential information to private investigators.’
      • ‘At a police station two plain-clothes officers introduced themselves as members of Special Branch.’
      • ‘Seiler's case sparked a manhunt involving 150 officers, police dogs and a helicopter.’
      • ‘Course instructors are officers from Pattaya police station.’
      • ‘He then went to the police station whose officers promised to release him after interrogation.’
      • ‘At the police station, while officers were speaking to the individuals who had reported the threat, the man showed up.’
      • ‘They pulled into the police station and the officer guided him in.’
      • ‘The car stopped in front of the police station and the officer pulled him out of the car harshly.’
      • ‘The man was unable to give any information about himself, and officers contacted other police stations in the city to locate his relatives.’
      • ‘Unlike special constables, the officers will be full-time and have limited powers.’
      • ‘They were questioned by officers at a local police station before being released on bail until October 10.’
      • ‘He was due to be interviewed by officers at Manchester Airport police station today.’
      • ‘He followed the officer inside the cold police station.’
      police officer, policeman, policewoman, PC, WPC, officer of the law, detective, DC
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    2. 1.2A bailiff.
      ‘They are interrupted by a knock on the door and Val is horrified to find a bailiff officer on her doorstep.’
      • ‘Special bailiffs are officers appointed by the sheriff at the request of a plaintiff for the purpose of executing a particular process.’
      • ‘Strictly, this is not evidence, although it is accepted, being the representations of a responsible officer of the court.’
      • ‘Every official examiner and deputy official examiner is an officer of every court in Ontario.’
      • ‘When the court appoints a receiver or manager the receiver/manager is an officer of the court not the agent of either party in the proceedings.’
      • ‘She owed a vast sum of money, and the sheriff's officers arrived to confiscate the family property.’
  • 2A holder of a public, civil, or ecclesiastical office.

    ‘a probation officer’
    • ‘the Chief Medical Officer’
    • ‘During months of bombing, there were no public health officers to issue death certificates, which explains the lack of official statistics.’
    • ‘Where a court or a public officer wrongly refuses jurisdiction the exercise of the jurisdiction can be commanded by a writ of mandamus.’
    • ‘Government officers should see public property as their own and seek to protect it.’
    • ‘What is hair raising though is that a civil servant, an officer from the Road Traffic Commission, is involved.’
    • ‘They had forgotten that they no longer were royal officers, but civil servants.’
    • ‘He left school at 16 to obtain a secure job as a tax officer in the civil service.’
    • ‘The ambassador and other embassy officers periodically urged the Government to expedite registration of church groups.’
    • ‘I have never heard of a judicial officer saying to a select committee that they want more jobs, better conditions, better pay, and all those things that flow from it.’
    • ‘Now we know our rights, and protect ourselves from scam attorneys and deceitful immigration officers.’
    • ‘Our system ordinarily reserves that function to the judicial officer hearing the merits of the matter.’
    • ‘It appears that his offences were committed after he had been recruited by intelligence officers of the government.’
    • ‘His wife, Janice, was only asked to confirm his identity to a coroners officer on Saturday July 19.’
    • ‘The samithi has pointed out the need to appoint a jurist or a civil service officer as chairman of the Board.’
    • ‘Other statements indicate a wider discontent among government officers.’
    • ‘Citizen public security officers marked by red armbands took their places.’
    • ‘It is also an offence to make false representation to an immigration officer.’
    • ‘He did not see his passport, and the agent dealt with the immigration officer at the airport.’
    • ‘He said she told a probation officer: "I will never forgive myself."’
    • ‘I like to drive, he told his probation officer after his arrest.’
    • ‘Local electoral officers are responsible for the conduct of local authority elections.’
    • ‘The professional is held in high regard like the officers of a religious organization or a professor in the educational world.’
    • ‘Environmental health officers serve closure orders when they believe there is a serious and immediate danger to public health.’
    representative, agent, deputy, messenger, envoy
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    1. 2.1A holder of a senior post in a society, company, or other organization.
      ‘a chief executive officer’
      • ‘Directors, officers and other senior financial officers set the tone for ethical behavior within any organization.’
      • ‘Its August survey of banks' senior loan officers says business loans are increasingly available.’
      • ‘Francis becomes chief marketing officer and managing director at the Wayne, Pa., company.’
      • ‘They have held corporate officers and directors accountable for their actions.’
      • ‘He rocketed to the post of chief financial officer in less than eight years.’
      • ‘Like Amegy, Sterling's officers and directors control about 9 percent of the bank's shares.’
      • ‘The regional directorate has its own press officers, accountants and managers.’
      • ‘For example left wing union officers organised the teachers' demonstration in London in March.’
      • ‘National union officers reported privatization increased the likelihood of redundancies and lower job security.’
      • ‘Others argue that they can always unload a stock if corporate officers and directors are taking advantage of shareholders.’
      • ‘The chief technical officer and senior vice president also believes size is only part of the story.’
      • ‘He is Lucent's chief technology officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy and marketing.’
      • ‘The investment management company separated the roles of chief investment officer and managing director following the controversy.’
      • ‘A creditor cannot come after an officer, director or shareholder to satisfy the obligations of the corporation.’
      • ‘I carried over my enthusiasm for D-dimer testing to another hospital in which I was a medical senior house officer.’
      • ‘The Applicant was represented by an officer of his trade union.’
      • ‘The university relations officer works to represent students on all matters pertaining to governance of the university.’
      • ‘She said the Minister appointed the chief executive officer of the authority last week.’
      • ‘In the past decade, many of my co-workers have left journalism to become mostly corporate public relation officers.’
      • ‘There are several local union officials and officers involved.’
      • ‘He was promoted to chief operating officer a year later, and became president in late 2000.’
      leader, head, headman, boss, chief, director, manager, overseer, controller, master
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  • 3A member of a certain grade in some honorary orders, such as the grade next below commander in the Order of the British Empire.

    ‘It was attended in a body by the officers and members of the Yukon order of Pioneers.’
    • ‘The band's guitar player, Jimmy Page, is now an officer of the British empire.’
    • ‘An officer of the Order of Canada, he received a distinguished service award from the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences in 1990.’
    • ‘The international optics authority, who had an asteroid named after him, is made an officer of the NZ Order of Merit.’
    • ‘Tutte was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and of London, and was installed as an officer of the Order of Canada in late 2001.’
    • ‘In 1984, he was made an officer of the Order of the Rokel of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the country's highest accolade.’


[with object]
  • 1Provide with military officers.

    ‘the aristocracy wielded considerable power, officering the army’
    • ‘The Gendarmerie (local constabulary trained and officered by Marines), supported by the Marine brigade, tracked down and killed Peralte and Batraville.’
    • ‘It was six months before Andrew got a command, but then of troops purposely ill-equipped, poorly officered and virtually untrained.’
    • ‘The British officer corps was still dominated by the ‘gentleman’ and remained essentially a working-class Army officered by the upper classes.’
    • ‘Western militaries are typically small, professional organizations officered by the middle class and filled by working-class volunteers.’
    • ‘At independence, the army of the Congo, known as the Force Publique, was officered by the Belgians and Lumumba had the audacity to support its ‘Congolisation’.’
    1. 1.1Act as the commander of (a unit)
      ‘foreign mercenaries were hired to officer new regiments’
      • ‘The Streltsy and the Cossacks were professional units but they were officered by foreigners.’
      • ‘The division's fighting elements were 8,000 Philippine Scouts, officered by Americans, a US infantry regiment some 2,000 strong, and a regiment of artillery.’
      • ‘Thus most of the 380,000 blacks who served in the Army were in labor units officered by whites.’
      • ‘The navy, of course, was commanded and largely officered by Royal Navy personnel.’
      • ‘The Hungarian parliament refused unless Hungarian was introduced as a language of command into Hungarian units, which would be officered uniquely by Hungarians, not by Germans.’
      • ‘The temporary levies of the earlier period were replaced by standing armies, officered by professionals, comprising élite or shock troops plus conscripted peasants.’
      • ‘In 1644, Parliament passed Self-Denying Ordinance, intended to get soldiers out of Parliament, for the Roundhead army was largely officered by MPs.’
      • ‘It expanded by calling upon the states for militia, officered by men chosen and characterized by bonds of friendship, popularity, and politics.’
      • ‘They finished training in December 1942 and three battalions of 1,000 men each were formed, but they were officered by Germans who gave their orders in German.’
      • ‘The governor ultimately decided that ‘all the companies will be officered by white men in compliance with United States regulations.’’
      • ‘The Royal Navy - the navy which helped keep the peace in Europe and around the world for a hundred years - was officered by many such men, who started their careers as boys.’


Middle English via Anglo-Norman French from medieval Latin officiarius, from Latin officium (see office).