office


office
office (n.) mid-13c., "a post, an employment to which certain duties are attached," from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. office (12c. in Old French), from L. officium "service, duty, function, business" (in Ecclesiastical Latin, "church service"), lit. "work-doing," from ops (gen. opis) "power, might, abundance, means" (related to opus "work;" see OPUS (Cf. opus)) + stem of facere "do, perform" (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Meaning "place for conducting business" first recorded 1560s. Office hours attested from 1841.

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  • office — [ ɔfis ] n. m. • v. 1190; lat. officium I ♦ 1 ♦ Vieilli Fonction que l on doit remplir, charge dont on doit s acquitter. ⇒ charge, emploi, fonction. Résigner un office. Loc. fig. Remplir son office : produire son effet naturel, jouer pleinement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • office — 1. (o fi s ) s. m. 1°   Devoir de la vie. •   Le ciel plus propice M envoie un compagnon en ce pieux office, CORN. Pomp. V, 1. •   Il [le roi] m envoie Faire office vers vous de douleur et de joie, CORN. Hor. IV, 2. •   Si votre main puissante… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • office — of‧fice [ˈɒfs ǁ ˈɒː , ˈɑː ] noun 1. [countable] a room or building where people work at desks: • The agency recently closed its Houston office. • I d like to see you in my office. • I applied for the job of office manager. • There is a shortage… …   Financial and business terms

  • office — Office, n. penac. Tantost signifie cela mesme que Officium en Latin, dont il vient, et suyvant cela on dit, Il m a fait tout bon office d ami, Nihil non officij quod amicum deceat, mihi praestitit, Et correspondance d offices, Officiorum vices,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • office — OFFICE. s. m. Devoir de la vie humaine, de la societé civile. Il est de l office d un Magistrat, d un bon Pasteur, d un bon citoyen. tous les offices de la vie civile. c est l office d un bon pere, d un bon mary, d un bon amy. Ciceron a fait un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Office — Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • office — of·fice n 1: a special duty, charge, or position conferred by governmental authority and for a public purpose qualified to hold public office; broadly: a special duty or position of authority hold an office of trust 2: a place where business or… …   Law dictionary

  • office — [ôf′is, äf′is] n. [OFr < L officium < opificium, doing of work < opifex, a worker < opus, a work (see OPUS) + facere, to DO1] 1. something performed or intended to be performed for another; (specified kind of) service [done through… …   English World dictionary

  • Office — Of fice, v. t. To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • office — [n1] business, responsibility appointment, berth, billet, capacity, charge, commission, connection, duty, employment, function, job, obligation, occupation, performance, place, post, province, responsibility, role, service, situation, spot,… …   New thesaurus


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