official Definition

  • 1relating to an authority or public body and its duties, actions, and responsibilities
  • 2having the approval or authorization of such an authority or public body

Using official: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "official" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The official report was released yesterday.

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    The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.

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    The official announcement will be made tomorrow.

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    The official website for the event has all the information you need.

official Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using official

  • to formalize or finalize something, typically by obtaining approval or authorization from an authority or public body


    They plan to make their engagement official by announcing it at the party.

  • acting in one's official role or position


    The president visited the disaster site in an official capacity to assess the damage.

  • to demand responsibility or justification from those in official positions


    The citizens held officialdom accountable for the corruption scandal.

Phrases with official

  • the role or position held by someone in an official capacity


    He acted in his official capacity as the ambassador.

  • information that is kept secret by a government or other official organization


    The leak of official secrets caused a scandal.

  • the people who work in official positions in a government or other organization


    She was frustrated by the bureaucracy and officialdom she encountered.

Origins of official

from Old French 'oficier', meaning 'perform a duty'


Summary: official in Brief

The term 'official' [əˈfɪʃ(ə)l] refers to something that is authorized or approved by an authority or public body. It can describe anything from reports and announcements to languages and websites. Phrases like 'official capacity' and 'official secrets' denote roles and information related to official positions, while idioms like 'make something official' and 'hold officialdom accountable' describe formalizing or demanding accountability from those in official positions.

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