Dictionary Results for authority

1. authority - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-so

Hypernym(s): control

2. authority - noun

· (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"

Hypernym(s): person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul

3. authority - noun

· an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"

Hypernym(s): expert

4. authority - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, sureness

Hypernym(s): certainty

5. authority - noun

· an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

Synonym(s): agency, federal_agency, government_agency, bureau, office

Hypernym(s): administrative_unit, administrative_body

6. authority - noun

· official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"

Synonym(s): authorization, authorisation, sanction

Hypernym(s): permission

7. authority - noun

· an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"

Hypernym(s): book

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