Meaning of official

of•fi•cial

Pronunciation: (u-fish'ul), [key]
— n.
  1. a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to an office or position of duty, trust, or authority: official powers.
  2. authorized or issued authoritatively: an official report.
  3. holding office.
  4. appointed or authorized to act in a designated capacity: an official representative.
  5. (of an activity or event) intended for the notice of the public and performed or held on behalf of officials or of an organization; formal: the official opening of a store.
  6. noting drugs or drug preparations that are recognized by and that conform to the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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