Definition of officiate in US English:



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

    ‘the first woman to officiate a men's basketball game’
    • ‘He successfully came through his interview and from next season will be officiating in the Football League.’
    • ‘I think he is officiating at another event or two nearby and thought he would pop in and say hello.’
    • ‘There is a tendency at times for the umpires to show a blind eye when officiating in a home series.’
    • ‘Referees generally officiate in their domestic leagues.’
    • ‘Their male counter-parts were needed to officiate in these events.’
    • ‘The anonymous head insisted that all referees officiating in the games were only given tracksuit tops and nothing else.’
    • ‘During the Police Sport Meet held in March this year, he volunteered to officiate as a Judge in the Pole Vault event.’
    • ‘By 1990, he was a NFL side judge, officiating in four playoff games.’
    • ‘They represent their town at functions and those chosen to represent Wiltshire might also be asked to officiate at events across the county.’
    • ‘The clubs thought that they had been assigned a referee who would officiate free of charge, and quite naturally refused to pay up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The results have been positive with one of our assistant referees officiating in the last World Cup tournament in France.’
    • ‘The Spa club requires umpires and linesmen to officiate at games with our own referees.’
    • ‘I am very happy to officiate at this hand-over of jerseys to the Nkwazi volleyball club.’
    • ‘As Don was in the area, he was also called upon to officiate at another special event, the official opening to the school greenhouse.’
    • ‘In its wake incompetent men are appointed to officiate at international games, who are inconsistent in their decisions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At present I am officiating in local leagues, but would like to progress as far as possible.’
    • ‘He was a qualified referee and officiated in the former Wharfedale League and the Red Triangle League.’
    • ‘Over 10,000 volunteers have been recruited to officiate at events and to assist in other capacities.’
    preside, preside over, take charge, be in charge, be in charge of, be responsible, be responsible for, direct, head, head up, manage, oversee, superintend, supervise, conduct, run, lead, chair, take the chair
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    1. 1.1 Perform a religious service or ceremony.
      ‘he baptized children and officiated at weddings’
      • ‘My character actually officiated at several marriage ceremonies.’
      • ‘Most typically, the pastor begins and closes the service, preaches the sermon or homily, officiates at the sacraments, if offered, and does the anointing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A cousin of the bride celebrated the Mass and officiated at the ceremony.’
      • ‘Last year members of the society officiated at 49 marriage services - up 80% on the previous year.’
      • ‘Many still officiate at weddings with little or no regard for premarital education.’
      • ‘I counsel couples seeking marriage and officiate at their weddings.’
      • ‘The pastors officiating at the funeral wore their purple stoles.’
      • ‘A lama (Buddhist religious leader) officiates at the ceremony.’
      • ‘The priest who officiated at the wedding welcomed me equally as a co-celebrant.’
      • ‘At the initial condolence ceremony, the marabout officiates, transmitting his religious blessing or benediction (called al baraka) to the guests.’
      • ‘A common type of gift for clergy is the customary honoraria for officiating at weddings or funeral services.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fr Percy officiated at the service at which everyone wept.’
      • ‘He officiated at the service and later imparted Benediction to all present.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unlike in Christianity, marriage is not a sacrament, and monks do not officiate at wedding ceremonies.’
      conduct, perform, celebrate, solemnize, concelebrate
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Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin officiare ‘perform divine service’, from officium (see office).