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1 : a special duty, charge, or position conferred by governmental authority and for a public purpose [qualified to hold public ]
: a special duty or position of authority [hold an of trust]
2 : a place where business or administration is conducted or services are performed
3 : a special administrative department or unit [ of the district attorney]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.