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adjective     official pronunciation in British English
  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 headteacher.

    1. 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.

    2. 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

    a list of my official duties

    the official country residence of the Prime Minister



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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