[ UK /əfˈɪʃə‍l/ ]
[ US /əˈfɪʃəɫ/ ]
  1. (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
  2. of or relating to an office
    official privileges
  3. having official authority or sanction
    official permission
    an official representative
  4. conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline
    in prescribed order
  5. verified officially
    the election returns are now official
  1. someone who administers the rules of a game or sport
    the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling
  2. a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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How To Use official In A Sentence

  • Use of a University-owned mobile telephone and mobile telephone airtime service is intended for official University business.
  • The ICR would have the authority to annul laws or dismiss public officials to uphold the Kosovo settlement.
  • ‘Behind the scenes there are still a number of points that deserve attention,’ the unidentified official said, according to the semi-official Central News Agency.
  • And on the need for contempt powers, he recounted how officials at times refused to obey the orders.
  • This came after scores of pro-Uribe legislators and other officials were indicted on conspiracy charges involving so-called demobilized paramilitaries. Council on Hemispheric Affairs
  • Airline officials are calling the attack a suicide attempt.
  • Over Fate of Georgia, Provinces With Russian forces appearing to hunker down in Georgia, U.S. and European officials now face a pricklier challenge: Moscow's insistence that it has the right to help break up the country. U.S.-Russia Relations Turn Cold
  • It had begun the seventies with the declared intention of contributing 0.7 percent of the gross national product in official aid.
  • But what of the emails, text messages and other private communications between government officials which aren't published online -- will Twitter and Facebook help "democratize" that information as well? Is Social Media Helping or Hurting California Politics?
  • The government is proposing tougher punishments for officials convicted of corruption.
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