of·fi·cer (ôfĭ-sər, ŏfĭ-)
1. One who holds an office of authority or trust in an organization, such as a corporation or government.
a. One who holds a commission in the armed forces.
b. A noncommisioned officer or warrant officer.
3. A person licensed in the merchant marine as master, mate, chief engineer, or assistant engineer.
4. A police officer.
tr.v. of·fi·cered, of·fi·cer·ing, of·fi·cers
1. To furnish with officers.
2. To command or manage as an officer.
[Middle English, from Old French officier, from Medieval Latin officārius, from Latin officium, service, duty; see OFFICE.]
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