Definition of officiate in English:



  • 1 Act as an official in charge of something, especially a sporting event.

    ‘three judges will officiate at the two Grands Prix’
    • ‘In its wake incompetent men are appointed to officiate at international games, who are inconsistent in their decisions.’
    • ‘The anonymous head insisted that all referees officiating in the games were only given tracksuit tops and nothing else.’
    • ‘At present I am officiating in local leagues, but would like to progress as far as possible.’
    • ‘Over 10,000 volunteers have been recruited to officiate at events and to assist in other capacities.’
    • ‘They represent their town at functions and those chosen to represent Wiltshire might also be asked to officiate at events across the county.’
    • ‘The results have been positive with one of our assistant referees officiating in the last World Cup tournament in France.’
    • ‘There is a tendency at times for the umpires to show a blind eye when officiating in a home series.’
    • ‘As Don was in the area, he was also called upon to officiate at another special event, the official opening to the school greenhouse.’
    • ‘He was a qualified referee and officiated in the former Wharfedale League and the Red Triangle League.’
    • ‘Referees generally officiate in their domestic leagues.’
    • ‘During the Police Sport Meet held in March this year, he volunteered to officiate as a Judge in the Pole Vault event.’
    • ‘The Spa club requires umpires and linesmen to officiate at games with our own referees.’
    • ‘I think he is officiating at another event or two nearby and thought he would pop in and say hello.’
    • ‘The clubs thought that they had been assigned a referee who would officiate free of charge, and quite naturally refused to pay up.’
    • ‘He successfully came through his interview and from next season will be officiating in the Football League.’
    • ‘Their male counter-parts were needed to officiate in these events.’
    • ‘He is both PGA and R & A qualified and has officiated at several European Tour events including the British Masters and Murphy's Irish Open.’
    • ‘I am very happy to officiate at this hand-over of jerseys to the Nkwazi volleyball club.’
    • ‘He's also a highly qualified referee, officiating at the 1996 Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes and the Ryder Cup at Valderrama the following year.’
    • ‘By 1990, he was a NFL side judge, officiating in four playoff games.’
    take charge, direct, manage, oversee, superintend, supervise, conduct, run, lead, chair, take the chair
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    1. 1.1Perform a religious service or ceremony.
      ‘he baptized children and officiated at weddings’
      • ‘The priest who officiated at the wedding welcomed me equally as a co-celebrant.’
      • ‘A common type of gift for clergy is the customary honoraria for officiating at weddings or funeral services.’
      • ‘As Brendan was leaving the church, and by this time definitely pushing his luck, he spoke to the priest who had officiated at the service.’
      • ‘Many still officiate at weddings with little or no regard for premarital education.’
      • ‘Fr Percy officiated at the service at which everyone wept.’
      • ‘Requests for him to officiate at services outside a church building are up 25 percent.’
      • ‘Tack was her ordination sponsor and officiated at Smith's wedding.’
      • ‘Already the diocese of Boston has 200 such deacons, who can officiate at weddings, conduct funeral services, visit the sick, distribute Holy Communion - and preach.’
      • ‘Most typically, the pastor begins and closes the service, preaches the sermon or homily, officiates at the sacraments, if offered, and does the anointing.’
      • ‘A lama (Buddhist religious leader) officiates at the ceremony.’
      • ‘Ministers are already allowed to conduct marriage ceremonies outside churches and last year officiated at 380 such weddings, an increase of 41 on the previous year.’
      • ‘My character actually officiated at several marriage ceremonies.’
      • ‘Last year members of the society officiated at 49 marriage services - up 80% on the previous year.’
      • ‘The first priest to officiate at a service in the church since the 1770s, he led the prayers at annual graveyard Mass for the assembly of over 300 people.’
      • ‘The pastors officiating at the funeral wore their purple stoles.’
      • ‘A cousin of the bride celebrated the Mass and officiated at the ceremony.’
      • ‘He officiated at the service and later imparted Benediction to all present.’
      • ‘Unlike in Christianity, marriage is not a sacrament, and monks do not officiate at wedding ceremonies.’
      • ‘I counsel couples seeking marriage and officiate at their weddings.’
      • ‘At the initial condolence ceremony, the marabout officiates, transmitting his religious blessing or benediction (called al baraka) to the guests.’
      conduct, perform, celebrate, solemnize, concelebrate
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Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin officiare perform divine service, from officium (see office).