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authority

noun

  1. (control)  the power or right to give orders or make decisions
    Synonyms: authorisation [British spelling], authorization [American/Canadian spelling], dominance,...
  2. (person)  persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
    Type of: person
  3. (expert)  an expert whose views are taken as definitive
    Synonyms: auth. [abbreviation]. Type of: expert
  4. (certainty)  freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
    Synonyms: assurance, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence, sureness. Type of: certainty...
  5. (administrative unit)  an administrative unit of government
    Synonyms: agency, bureau, federal agency, government agency, office, agcy. [abbreviation]. Type of:...
  6. (permission)  official permission or approval
    Synonyms: authorisation [British spelling], authorization [American/Canadian spelling], sanction...
  7. (book)  an authoritative written work
    Synonyms: auth. [abbreviation]. Type of: book

Etymology summary

autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument", from Old French auctorité...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Authority

derived from the Latin word auctoritas, meaning invention, advice, opinion, influence, or command. In English, the word authority can be used to mean power given by the state or by academic knowledge of an area. The word Authority with capital A refers... (42 of 1404 words)

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Authority (disambiguation)

may refer to: Authority (management), formal or legitimate, specified in a charter | Authority (sociology), the legitimate or socially approved use of power | Authority (textual criticism), its reliability as a witness to the author's intentions |... (34 of 258 words, 15 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural] | authorization [synonym, sense-specific] | precedent [synonym, sense-specific]

the power or right to control, judge, or prohibit the actions of others | [often plural] a person or group of people having this power, such as a ... (27 of 759 words, 11 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/authority

Merriam-Webster:

authority | authorities [plural] | right [synonym, sense-specific] | grounds [synonym, sense-specific] | ace [synonym, sense-specific] | adept [synonym, sense-specific] | artist [synonym, sense-specific] | expert [synonym, sense-specific] | cognoscente [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a citation (as from a book or file) used in defense or support ; the source ... | power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior ; ... (27 of 296 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/authority

Macmillan British Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural] | the authorities | I have it on good authority that

[countable] someone who is considered an expert in a particular subject ; ... | "the authorities": [plural] the police or people in other official ... (23 of 283 words, 6 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/authority

Oxford Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural] | have something on good authority | sanction [synonym, sense-specific]

the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience | [often with infinitive] : the right to act in a specified way, delegated ... (25 of 244 words, 9 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/authority

Random House Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine. | a power or ... (22 of 195 words, 13 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/authority

American Heritage Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

The power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge. | One that is invested with this power, especially a government or body of ... (24 of 178 words, 10 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/authority

Cambridge Dictionary:

authority [entry 1] | the authorities | authorities

the moral or legal right or ability to control | a group of people with official responsibility for a particular area of activity | "the authorities": ... (24 of 153 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/authority 1

authority [entry 2]

an expert on a subject (5 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/authority 2

New World Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

the power or right to give commands, enforce obedience, take action, or make final decisions; jurisdiction ; the position of one having such power | ... (24 of 145 words, 8 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/authority

Wiktionary:

authority | authorities [plural] | authourity [obsolete, sense-specific]

[uncountable] The power to enforce rules or give orders. | [singular, plural] Persons in command; specifically, government. | [countable] A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject. (29 of 71 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/authority

Encarta Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

the right or power to enforce rules or give orders | somebody or something with official power | power to act on behalf of somebody else, or official ... (26 of 184 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587802​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

authority

First use: early 13th century

Origin: autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument", from Old French auctorité "authority, prestige, right, permission, dignity, ... (20 of 91 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=authority

Wiktionary:

authority

Origin: 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")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/authority

Merriam-Webster:

authority | authorities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English auctorite, from Anglo-French auctorité, from Latin auctoritat-, auctoritas opinion, decision, power, from auctor

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/authority

American Heritage Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English auctorite, from Old French autorite, from Latin auctōritās, auctōritāt-, from auctor, creator; see "author".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/authority

Oxford Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French autorite, from Latin auctoritas, from auctor "originator, promoter" (see "author")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/authority

New World Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English autorite from Old French autorité, auctorité from Latin auctoritas from auctor, "author"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/authority

Collins Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from French autorité, from Latin auctōritas, from auctorauthor

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/authority

Encarta Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin auctoritas from auctor

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587802​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

authority

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Collins Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "authority"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/authority

Macmillan British Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "authority"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/authority

Macmillan American Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "authority"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/authority

Cambridge Dictionary:

authority [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "authority"

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the Free Dictionary:

authority

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Google Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "authority"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

authority

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YourDictionary Audio:

authority

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freedictionary.org:

authority

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