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[n] any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"
[n] someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year"
[n] a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"
[n] a member of a police force; "it was an accident, officer"
[v] direct or command as an officer

Misc. Definitions

\Of"fi*cer\, n. [F. officier. See {Office}, and cf. {Official}, n.]
1. One who holds an office; a person lawfully invested with an office, whether civil, military, or ecclesiastical; as, a church officer; a police officer; a staff officer. ``I am an officer of state.'' --Shak.
2. (U. S. Mil.) Specifically, a commissioned officer, in distinction from a warrant officer. {Field officer}, {General officer}, etc. See under {Field}, {General}. etc. {Officer of the day} (Mil.), the officer who, on a given day, has charge for that day of the quard, prisoners, and police of the post or camp. {Officer of the deck}, or {Officer of the watch} (Naut.), the officer temporarily in charge on the deck of a vessel, esp. a war vessel.
\Of"fi*cer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Officered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Officering}.]
1. To furnish with officers; to appoint officers over. --Marshall.
2. To command as an officer; as, veterans from old regiments officered the recruits.

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