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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)

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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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If the Serbian goverment officializes such a project, we are thinking about issuing a special loan as Turkey, Dincer said.
These slogans, like other forms of "representative" political propaganda, worked to impose a social order and "political theatre which actualizes and officializes visions of the world and political divisions" (Bourdieu, 1991: 130).
"The Constitution of Macedonia itself, is the one who officializes the Albanian language in the sense that it recognizes it as an official language, although it defines it as a language spoken by 20% of the population in Macedonia.