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noun office pronunciation in American English /ˈɔfɪs/office pronunciation in American English /ˈɑfɪs/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] a room or building where the people in an organization or department work
    I work in the company’s Los Angeles office.
    Our offices are on the third floor.
    the office (=where you work every day): I usually leave the office after 6:00 p.m.
    a regional/branch/local office
    1. a.
      a room or building where you go for a particular service
      a tourist information office
      the doctor’s office
    2. b.

      the office

      the people who work in an office
      I call the office twice a day when I’m traveling.
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    3. c.
      [only before noun] used or done in offices
      office furniture/stationery/supplies
      an office romance
  2. 2
    [countable] a room with one or more desks where people work
    We’ve converted the spare bedroom into a home office.
  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] a government department
    The Mayor’s Office is preparing a report on the city’s school system.
    the Office of the Treasury
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a position in a large and powerful organization, especially a government
    Bush was elected to the office of President in 2000.
    run for office (=try to be elected): Bob plans to run for office next year.
    take office (=begin to work in a position): The President takes office two months after the election.
    See also public office



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