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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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The rapid breakdown of qualification requirements related to the masculine notion of the 'ideal worker' in branch management in the early stages of reform in the Finnish banks was built not only on organizational developments (including 'officializing' shop-floor supervision), but also reflects a period characterized in Finnish society by a shift towards equality and equal opportunities in working life in general, and women in management in particular.
The list omitted political topics, thus officializing the end of the government's direct intervention on such matters.
It did not offer much, however, in terms of financial commitments beyond officializing the existing funding practices of the SOC program.
Officializing the use of Albanian language is something completely different and means the use of the language on equal level in all state institutions, spoken and written.