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adjective official pronunciation in American English /əˈfɪʃ(ə)l/
  1. 1
    done by people in authority

    There will be an official investigation into last week’s accident.

    You’ll have to get official permission from the principal.

    1. a.
      used about things that are decided by a government

      China’s official representatives at the United Nations

      Spanish is the country’s official language.

    2. b.
      used about information that someone in authority provides. This word is sometimes used for suggesting that the information is not completely reliable

      His name did not appear in the official report.

      The official version is that the whole thing was an accident.

    3. c.
      used about information that has been announced publicly

      It’s official – the princess is to marry next year.

  2. 2
    relating to your job, especially a job in which you have authority or represent other people

    The White House is the President’s official residence.

    a list of my official duties


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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