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officiate
used in The Mill on the Floss

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act in an official capacity — such as when enforcing rules at a sports event or presiding over a wedding ceremony
  • When the wife of a poor curate contrives, under all her disadvantages, to dress extremely well, and to have a style of coiffure which requires that her nurse shall occasionally officiate as lady's-maid; when, moreover, her dinner-parties and her drawing-room show that effort at elegance and completeness of appointment to which ordinary women might imagine a large income necessary, it would be unreasonable to expect of her that she should employ a second nurse, or even act as a nurse...
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (55% in)

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