officialofficial2 ●●●S3W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1PGOapproved of or done by someone in authority, especially the government 🔊 an official investigation into the causes of the explosion 🔊 the official policy on education 🔊 official statistics about illegal drug use 🔊 You will have to get official permission first. 🔊 Finally the letter of appointment came, making it all official.2BBrelating to or done as part of an important job or positionan official visit/engagement etc 🔊 The president was leaving for a four-day official tour of Mexico. 🔊 the Queen’s performance of official duties 🔊 They dined in an official capacity with other European leaders. 🔊 the Lord Mayor’s official residence3PUBLIC/NOT PRIVATEan official explanation, account etc is one that is given formally and publicly, but may not be true 🔊 Many doubted the official version of events. 🔊 The official line (=what is said publicly by people in authority) was that the troops were there to protect the King.4PGOchosen to represent someone or an organization, or do something for them 🔊 the company’s official logo 🔊 the official representative from the American administration5PUBLIC/NOT PRIVATEan official event is a formal public event 🔊 The official opening of the institute was in May.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: relating to or done as part of an important job or positionnounsan official visit/engagement etc (=one that relates to an important job or position)The prime minister was on an official visit to China.somebody's official duties (=the things someone does as part of their job or position)the royal family's official duties.an official residence (=a house someone is able to use as part of their important job)the ambassador's official residence in Londonsomebody's official capacity (=someone's official position or duty)He spent Wednesday in Washington acting in his official capacity as Senate majority leader.