Associations to the word «Authority»


AUTHORITY, noun. (uncountable) The power to enforce rules or give orders.
AUTHORITY, noun. (used in singular or plural form) Persons in command; specifically, government.
AUTHORITY, noun. (countable) A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.

Dictionary definition

AUTHORITY, noun. The power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state".
AUTHORITY, noun. (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew".
AUTHORITY, noun. An expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law".
AUTHORITY, noun. Freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority".
AUTHORITY, noun. An administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority".
AUTHORITY, noun. Official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times".
AUTHORITY, noun. An authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton".

Wise words

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.