• IPA: /əˈfɪʃəl/


  1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
    official duties
  2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
    an official statement or report
  3. Approved by authority; authorized.
    The Official Strategy Guide
    1. (Of a statement) Dubious but recognized by authorities as truth and/or canon.
      Despite these testimonies, "accidental asphyxiation" remains his official cause of death.
  4. (pharmaceutical) Sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal.
    an official drug or preparation
  5. Discharging an office or function.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica
      the stomach and other parts official unto nutrition
  6. Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
  7. Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
  8. (slang) True, real, beyond doubt.
    Well, it's official: you lost your mind!
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official (plural officials)

  1. An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
    David Barnes was the official charged with the running of the sports club.
    Last year, Yulong Snow Mountain park officials reported that 2.6 million visitors came to the mountain.
  2. A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
    In most soccer games there are three officials: the referee and two linesmen.

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