Authority - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈθɔːrətɪ|  American pronunciation of the word authority
Brit.  |ɔːˈθɒrɪtɪ|  British pronunciation of the word authority


- the power or right to give orders or make decisions (syn: authorization, dominance, potency, say-so)
he has the authority to issue warrants
- (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
- an expert whose views are taken as definitive
he is an authority on corporate law
- freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities (syn: assurance, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence)
she spoke with authority
- an administrative unit of government (syn: agency, bureau, office)
- official permission or approval (syn: authorization, sanction)
authority for the program was renewed several times
- an authoritative written work
this book is the final authority on the life of Milton

Extra examples

The boss is not popular but his authority is unquestioned.

She has an air of authority.

Her southern accent lent authority to her performance.

We reported the incident to hospital authorities.

Local authorities are investigating the accident.

A commanding officer has complete authority over his personnel.

These employees are under my authority.

Health and Safety Authority

He assumed authority for overseas operations.

Could I speak to someone in authority (=who has a position of power) please?

Several countries claim authority over the islands.

The court held that school officials have the authority to dismiss teachers.

East Sussex Education Authority

Welsh health authorities face a £13m deficit this year.

Mr Li is a leading authority on Chinese food.

Word forms

singular: authority
plural: authorities
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