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Definition of Official

Official

  1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, official duties, or routine.
  2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; as, an official statement or report.
  3. Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, an official drug or preparation. Cf. Officinal.
  4. Discharging an office or function.
  5. One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
  6. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.

Official Quotations

I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.
Vera Brittain

In my office in Jerusalem, there's an ancient seal. It's a signet ring of a Jewish official from the time of the Bible. The seal was found right next to the Western Wall, and it dates back 2,700 years, to the time of King Hezekiah. Now, there's a name of the Jewish official inscribed on the ring in Hebrew. His name was Netanyahu.
Benjamin Netanyahu

The Chinese people have been forced to forget the Tiananmen massacre. There has been no public debate about the event, no official apology. The media aren't allowed to mention it. Still today people are being persecuted and imprisoned for disseminating information about it.
Ma Jian

Artists - musicians, painters, writers, poets - always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.
Billy Joel

Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
Aldous Huxley
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Official Translations

official in Afrikaans is amptelik, offisieel
official in Danish is embedsmand
official in Dutch is ambtelijk, officieel
official in Finnish is virkailija
official in French is oficiel, fonctionnaire, officiel, officiel
official in German is Amts.., amtlich, Beamter, offiziell, amtlich
official in Italian is ufficiale, ufficiale, funzionario
official in Latin is persona
official in Spanish is oficial, oficial, funcionario
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