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".

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