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Meaning & Definition of Authority in English





1. 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,
  • authorization,
  • authorisation,
  • potency,
  • dominance,
  • say-so

2. (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others

  • "The authorities have issued a curfew"
  • authority

3. An expert whose views are taken as definitive

  • "He is an authority on corporate law"
  • authority

4. 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"
  • assurance,
  • self-assurance,
  • confidence,
  • self-confidence,
  • authority,
  • sureness

5. An administrative unit of government

  • "The central intelligence agency"
  • "The census bureau"
  • "Office of management and budget"
  • "Tennessee valley authority"
  • agency,
  • federal agency,
  • government agency,
  • bureau,
  • office,
  • authority

6. Official permission or approval

  • "Authority for the program was renewed several times"
  • authority,
  • authorization,
  • authorisation,
  • sanction

7. An authoritative written work

  • "This book is the final authority on the life of milton"
  • authority

Examples of using

I got this on good authority.
You have overstepped your authority.
She has overstepped her authority.