Noun Definition

authority

1.Definition: (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others

Category: People

2.Definition: an administrative unit of government

"The Central Intelligence Agency", "The Census Bureau", "Office of Management and Budget", "Tennessee Valley Authority"

Related Noun(s):bureau, agency, office

Category: General

3.Definition: an authoritative written work

"This book is the final authority on the life of Milton"

Category: General

4.Definition: an expert whose views are taken as definitive

"He is an authority on corporate law"

Category: People

5.Definition: 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"

Related Noun(s):assurance, confidence, sureness

Category: General

6.Definition: official permission or approval

"Authority for the program was renewed several times"

Related Noun(s):authorization, sanction, authorisation

Category: General

7.Definition: 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"

Related Noun(s):authorisation, dominance, authorization

Category: General