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authority

authority - Dictionary definition and meaning for word authority

Definition
(noun) the power or right to give orders or make decisions
Example Sentence
  • he has the authority to issue warrants
  • deputies are given authorization to make arrests
  • a place of potency in the state

Definition
(noun) (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
Example Sentence
  • the authorities have issued a curfew

Definition
(noun) an expert whose views are taken as definitive
Example Sentence
  • he is an authority on corporate law

Definition
(noun) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
Example Sentence
  • his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular
  • after that failure he lost his confidence
  • she spoke with authority

Definition
(noun) an administrative unit of government
Example Sentence
  • the Central Intelligence Agency
  • the Census Bureau
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Tennessee Valley Authority

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(noun) official permission or approval
Example Sentence
  • authority for the program was renewed several times

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(noun) an authoritative written work
Example Sentence
  • this book is the final authority on the life of Milton

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