Definition of officiate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfiSHēˌāt/


1Act as an official in charge of something, as a sporting event: the first woman to officiate a men’s basketball game
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  • By 1990, he was a NFL side judge, officiating in four playoff games.
  • During the Police Sport Meet held in March this year, he volunteered to officiate as a Judge in the Pole Vault event.
  • The results have been positive with one of our assistant referees officiating in the last World Cup tournament in France.
preside over, be in charge of, take charge of, direct, head (up);
oversee, superintend, supervise, conduct, run;
referee, umpire, judge, adjudicate;
1.1Perform a religious service or ceremony: he baptized children and officiated at weddings
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  • At the initial condolence ceremony, the marabout officiates, transmitting his religious blessing or benediction (called al baraka) to the guests.
  • A lama (Buddhist religious leader) officiates at the ceremony.
  • The priest who officiated at the wedding welcomed me equally as a co-celebrant.
conduct, perform, celebrate, solemnize



Pronunciation: /əˌfiSHēˈāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The grim determination of the ISTJ vindicates itself in officiation of sports events, judiciary functions, or an other situation which requires making tough calls and sticking to them.
  • Inviting me to a recent wedding in Virginia, the proud parents asked if I would do some sort of officiation.
  • ‘Each Rabbi should decide about officiation according to his/her own rabbinic conscience,’ the resolution reads.


Pronunciation: /-ˌātər/
Example sentences
  • He reportedly had great tolerance for many people but little tolerance for the dogmatic officiators of his own religion.
  • After the presidential preference vote, several precinct officers are elected who serve as officiators for the rest of the caucus.
  • A dispute between the organising body and its officiators led to the cancellation of all matches during the bank-holiday weekend.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin officiare 'perform divine service', from officium (see office).

Words that rhyme with officiate

initiate, propitiate, vitiate

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Syllabification: of·fi·ci·ate

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