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1) adj. an act, document or anything sanctioned or authorized by a public official or public agency. The term can also apply to an organizational act or product which is authorized by the organization, such as an Official Boy Scout knife or emblem, an official warranty, membership card, or set of rules. 2) n. a public officer or governmental employee who is empowered to exercise judgment. 3) n. an officer of a corporation or business. (See: officer)

OFFICIAL, civil and canon laws. In the ancient civil law, the person who was the minister of, or attendant upon a magistrate, was called the official.
     2. In the canon law, the person to whom the bishop generally commits the charge of his spiritual jurisdiction, bears this name. Wood's Inst. 30, 505; Merl. Repert. h.t.

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It's more a desire than something that can be officialised.
The measure, postponed for review at a later date, would include in the calculation of taxpayers' earnings the part of their real estate holdings declared to the tax administration and officialised in Greece in 2011, after initially having been built without a permit.
Out of realism, however, they all decided to endorse the compromise, which will be officialised on 21 December by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper).
A majority of the agriculture ministers voiced concerns about the EU's resumption of free trade agreement negotiations with Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay), officialised the same day in Madrid by the European Commission under pressure from the Spanish EU Presidency.
After unanimously adopting fishing opportunities for 2009 (see Europolitics 3663), the EU's fisheries ministers, meeting in Brussels on 19 December, also officialised the political agreement sealed on 18 November on the long-term management plan for cod stocks (3641) and the multiannual herring management plan.