-v. 5. command, direct, run the show, quarterback, Inf. call the plays or shots; rule, rule the roost, govern, control, be in control or charge of, have the upper hand; administer, manage, superintend, conduct, run, operate, engineer, orchestrate, carry out, regulate; steer, drive, pilot, navigate, hold the reins, be at the helm, be in the driver's seat or saddle.
official, n. 1. officer. See - officer (def. 4).
-adj. 2. authorized, duly authorized, rightful, lawful, legitimate, legal, licit, warranted, sanctioned, approved, allowed; certified, licensed, accredited, validated, authenticated; authentic, valid, genuine, real, bona fide, verified, documented, Inf. kosher; elected, duly elected or appointed or invested, ordained; recognized, accepted, established, canonical, orthodox.
3. authoritative, from the top, Latin, ex cathedra, Sl. from the horse's mouth; imperative, commanding, directive, ordered, prescribed.
4. (of an activity or event) formal, functional, observant, ceremonial, solemn, serious; routine, standard, regular, customary, conventional, ritual, ritualistic, set, fixed, exact, stiff, Latin, pro forma; stuffy, decorous, proper, seemly; ceremonious, pompous, elaborate, ornate.
officiate, v. 1. perform or carry out the duties or functions, fulfill or discharge the responsibilities, exercise one's role, do the job; handle or transact business, look after or maintain affairs, carry on or forward; fill or serve in an office or a position, serve the government, work for the government; do one's duty, do duty, serve time.
2. preside over, moderate, emcee, head, head up, rule, occupy the throne, wear the crown; direct, conduct, run, be in charge of, lead, quarterback, Inf. call the plays or shots, make the decisions; manage, administrate, govern, control, regulate, supervise, superintend, oversee, boss; (of a sports contest or game) referee, umpire, judge, adjudicate, mediate; keep score or time.
officious, adj. 1. meddlesome, meddling, intermeddling, interfering, intrusive, intruding, pragmatic; prying, inquisitive, busybody, Inf. nosy; obtrusive, forward, overbold, Inf pushy; overkind, overzealous, overly solicitous; importunate, persistent, troublesome, annoying.
2. gratuitous, unwarranted, unwanted, unasked for, unnecessary.
offing, n. 1. distance, background, horizon, skyline.
2. in the offing in the wings, near, close at hand; in the near future, in the foreseeable future.
offscouring, n. Often
offscourings filth, dirt, dust, sweepings; refuse, Dial, culch, garbage, rubbish, waste, Brit, wastrel; dregs, grounds, sediment, settlings, lees, draff; remains, leavings, leftovers, scraps, orts, hogwash, swill; remainder, residue, residuum, scum.
offset, n. 1. compensation, Latin, quid pro quo, recompense, repayment, reimbursement; satisfaction, damages, Law. solatium, indemnification, indemnity, recoupment; restitution, penalty, fine; requital, quittance, return, redress; atonement, amends, expiation, reparation, retribution.