office ( offices plural )
1 n-count An office is a room or a part of a building where people work sitting at desks.
He had an office big enough for his desk and chair, plus his VDU..., At about 4.30 p.m. Audrey arrived at the office..., Telephone their head office for more details., ...an office block.
2 n-count; n-in-names An office is a department of an organization, especially the government, where people deal with a particular kind of administrative work.
Thousands have registered with unemployment offices., ...Downing Street's press office., ...the Congressional Budget Office.
3 n-count An office is a small building or room where people can go for information, tickets, or a service of some kind.
usu supp N
The tourist office operates a useful room-finding service., ...the airline ticket offices.
4 n-count A doctor's or dentist's office is a place where a doctor or dentist sees their patients.
in BRIT, use surgery
5 n-uncount If someone holds office in a government, they have an important job or position of authority.
oft in/out of N
The events to mark the President's ten years in office went ahead as planned..., They are fed up with the politicians and want to vote them out of office..., The president shall hold office for five years..., He ran for office.
booking office →
box office →
post office →
register office →
booking office ( booking offices plural ) A booking office is a room where tickets are sold and booked, especially in a theatre or station.
in AM, use ticket office
box office ( box offices plural ) , box-office
1 n-count The box office in a theatre, cinema, or concert hall is the place where the tickets are sold.
2 n-sing When people talk about thebox office, they are referring to the degree of success of a film or play in terms of the number of people who go to watch it or the amount of money it makes.
usu the N, N n
The film has taken £180 million at the box office..., The film was a huge box-office success.
Foreign Office ( Foreign Offices plural ) TheForeign Office is the government department, especially in Britain, which has responsibility for the government's dealings and relations with foreign governments. n-count the N, oft N n
...a Foreign Office spokesman.
TheHome Office is the department of the British Government which is responsible for things such as the police, broadcasting, and making decisions about people who want to come to live in Britain. n-proper usu the N
office boy ( office boys plural ) An office boy is a young man, especially one who has just left school, who is employed in an office to do simple tasks.
office-holder ( office-holders plural ) , office holder An office-holder is a person who has an important official position in an organization or government. n-count
They appear to be in a mood to vote against office-holders in the elections.
Office hours are the times when an office or similar place is open for business. For example, office hours in Britain are usually between 9 o'clock and 5 o'clock from Monday to Friday. n-plural usu prep N
If you have any queries, please call Anne Fisher during office hours.
post office ( post offices plural )
1 n-sing ThePost Office is the national organization that is responsible for postal services.
usu the N
The Post Office has confirmed that up to fifteen thousand jobs could be lost.
2 n-count A post office is a building where you can buy stamps, post letters and packages, and use other services provided by the national postal service.
post office box ( post office boxes plural ) A post office box is a numbered box in a post office where a person's mail is kept for them until they come to collect it. n-count
register office ( register offices plural ) A register office is a place where births, marriages, and deaths are officially recorded, and where people can get married without a religious ceremony.
registry office ( registry offices plural ) A registry office is the same as a register office.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
sorting office ( sorting offices plural ) A sorting office is a place where letters and parcels that have been posted are taken and sorted according to where they are being sent.