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Meaning of authority by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    Middle English autorite ( “book or quotation that settles an argument” ), from Old French auctorité, from Latin stem of auctoritas ( “invention, advice, opinion, influence, command” ), from auctor ( “master, leader, author” )


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɔːˈθɒɹəti/
    • ( US ) IPA: /əˈθɔɹəti/, /əˈθɑɹəti/


    authority ( countable and uncountable; plural: authorities )

    1. ( uncountable ) The power to enforce rules or give orders .
      I have the authority to penalise the staff in my department, but not the authority to sack them .
      She lost all her respect and authority after turning up drunk to the meeting .
      Respect my authority!
    2. ( used in singular or plural: form ) Persons in command; specifically, government.
    3. ( countable ) A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject .
      The world's foremost authority on orangutans .

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Explanation of authority by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. official permission or approval

    2. authority for the program was renewed several times
    3. the power or right to give orders or make decisions

    4. he has the authority to issue warrants
    5. freedom from doubt

    6. she spoke with authority
    7. an authoritative written work

    8. this book is the final authority on the life of Milton
    9. an administrative unit of government

    10. Tennessee Valley Authority
    11. an expert whose views are taken as definitive

    12. he is an authority on corporate law
    13. persons who exercise ( administrative ) control over others

    14. the authorities have issued a curfew