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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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Marcial said that those who will officiate the best-of-seven duel will be the 'best' referees the league has to offer, not only in decision-making but also in composure in intense stretches.
Vinod Babu and Shaukat Khan will officiate the match.
Fry will officiate in a Plunket Shield first class match in Auckland, starting on November 23, while Frost will officiate in a Sheffield Shield first class match in Melbourne, starting three days later.
"My office duty gets over by around 2pm and it has helped me officiate regularly in day-night domestic matches.
DUBAI: ICC yesterday announced the names of umpires and match referees who will officiate in the group stage of the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7.
Srinivasan, a senior umpire with Oman Cricket and an ACC-accredited Level aACAy0' Educator for umpires in Oman, will officiate in the ACC T20 Elite Cup tournament from March 26 to April 3 at Kathmandu, Nepal.
Every player and every coach in every sport demands one thing of the official - consistency, an official who applies the laws correctly and similarly every time he officiates.
Anil Kumble, the mentor of Mumbai, even asked Butt to officiate at another of their practice match.
Ventura was meeting choir members before he was scheduled to officiate in a baptism when he was gunned down.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter awarded the certificate to Bahadyr Kochkarov allowing him to officiate world matches upon successful completion of theoretical course and passing tests at the seminar in Switzerland.
Pruce tweeted: 'Absolutely delighted to officiate the wedding of Faith and Jianni in the embassy this morning, Wishing them all the very best for the future.'
The former Wimbledon centre-back is also due to officiate in another local encounter between Arngrove Northern League Benfield Bay Plastics and West Allotment Celtic on Monday.