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Definition of 'officer'


  1. any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"
       Synonyms: military officer
  2. someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year"
       Synonyms: officeholder
  3. a member of a police force; "it was an accident, officer"
       Synonyms: policeman police officer
  4. a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"
       Synonyms: ship's officer


  1. direct or command as an officer

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