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Definition 1: someone who administers the rules of a game or sport - [noun denoting person]

Samples where official or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling

(official is a kind of ...) a person who studies and settles conflicts and disputes

(... is a kind of official ) an official who enforces the rules at a football game

(... is a kind of official ) official (in tennis, soccer, football, etc.) who assists the referee in some way (especially by watching for out of bounds or offside)

(... is a kind of official ) (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play

(... is a kind of official ) an official who records the score during the progress of a game

(... is a kind of official ) the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition

(... is a kind of official ) (sports) an official who keeps track of the time elapsed

(... is a kind of official ) an official at a baseball game

Definition 2: a worker who holds or is invested with an office - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for official in the sense of this definition

(official is a kind of ...) a worker who has acquired special skills

(... is a kind of official ) an official who weighs and records the weight

(... is a kind of official ) an official in a modern colony who has considerable administrative power

(... is a kind of official ) the official in charge of the national postal service

(... is a kind of official ) (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order

"the general of the Jesuits receives monthly reports from the provincials"

(... is a kind of official ) any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau

(... is a kind of official ) someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust

"he is an officer of the court" "the club elected its officers for the coming year"

(... is a kind of official ) someone who gives formal notice

(... is a kind of official ) someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions

(... is a kind of official ) any high government official or bureaucrat

(... is a kind of official ) an official who carries a mace of office

(... is a kind of official ) a government official who conducts criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state

(... is a kind of official ) any of several public officials of ancient Rome (usually in charge of finance and administration)

(... is a kind of official ) an official who enlists personnel for military service

(... is a kind of official ) a high official in a Muslim government (especially in the Ottoman Empire)

(... is a kind of official ) an official stationed at the entrance of a courtroom or legislative chamber

(... is a kind of official ) the official who keeps a town's records

(... is a kind of official ) an official appointed to count the votes (especially in legislative assembly)

(... is a kind of official ) a customs official whose job is to search baggage or goods or vehicles for contraband or dutiable items

(... is a kind of official ) an official who affixes a seal to a document

(... is a kind of official ) the official in each electorate who holds the election and returns the results

(... is a kind of official ) an official responsible for control and supervision of a particular activity or area of public interest

(... is a kind of official ) someone responsible for keeping records

(... is a kind of official ) an official who can issue a license or give authoritative permission (especially one who licenses publications)

(... is a kind of official ) a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice

(... is a kind of official ) an official who can invalidate or nullify

"my bank check was voided and I wanted to know who the invalidator was"

(... is a kind of official ) a public official who is a member of the civil service

(... is a kind of official ) an important municipal official

(... is a kind of official ) a church official

(... is a kind of official ) someone who collects census data by visiting individual homes

(... is a kind of official ) a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable

(... is a kind of official ) an official who performs the duties of an office temporarily

"he acted as a caretaker until a new president could be elected"

(... is a kind of official ) an official of a bureaucracy

(... is a kind of official ) a minor parish official who serves a ceremonial function

(... is a kind of official ) an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.

(... is a kind of official ) an official who is appointed

(... is a kind of official ) an official of the Communist Party who was assigned to teach party principles to a military unit

(... is a kind of official ) a United States federal official who supervises expenditures and settles claims against the government

(... is a kind of official ) an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition

(... is a kind of official ) the official who holds an office

(... is a kind of official ) an official who remains in office after his term

(... is a kind of official ) an official appointed by a government agency to conduct an investigation or administrative hearing so that the agency can exercise its statutory powers

(... is a kind of official ) an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest

(... is a kind of official ) an official who is responsible for the prevention and investigation of fires

(... is a kind of official ) an official charged with the care of the horses of princes or nobles

(... is a kind of official ) official who won the office in a free election

(... is a kind of official ) an official engaged in international negotiations

(... is a kind of official ) a United States federal official who regulates the national banks

(... is a kind of official ) a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization (especially a political organization)

"Democratic apparatchiks"

Definition 3: having official authority or sanction - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where official or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • official permission
  • an official representative

(official is similar to ...) sanctioned by established authority

"an authoritative communique" "the authorized biography"

(official is similar to ...) by virtue of an office or position

"the head of the department serves as an ex officio member of the board"

(official is similar to ...) characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

"formal duties" "an official banquet"

(official is similar to ...) given formal standing or endorsement; made official or legitimate by the observance of proper procedures

(official is similar to ...) having some official authority or sanction

(means also ...) endowed with authority

Definition 4: of or relating to an office - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where official or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • official privileges

Definition 5: verified officially - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where official or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the election returns are now official

(official is similar to ...) having been established or made firm or received the rite of confirmation

"confirmed reservations" "received confirmed reports of casualties" "a confirmed Catholic"

Definition 6: (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(official is similar to ...) brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established

"the established social order" "distrust the constituted authority" "a team established as a member of a major league" "enjoyed his prestige as an established writer" "an established precedent" "the established Church"

(official belongs to category ...) a service conducted in a house of worship

"don't be late for church"

Definition 7: conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where official or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in prescribed order

Synonyms for official in the sense of this definition

(official is similar to ...) in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle

"his regular calls on his customers" "regular meals" "regular duties"

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