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(1)   Having official authority or sanction
"Official permission"
"An official representative"
(2)   Verified officially
"The election returns are now official"
(3)   (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
(4)   Conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline
"In prescribed order"
(5)   Of or relating to an office
"Official privileges"


(6)   Someone who administers the rules of a game or sport
"The golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"
(7)   A worker who holds or is invested with an office


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


  1. An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
  2. A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.