Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Authority
  1. official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
  2. the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"
  3. 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"
  4. an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
  5. an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
  6. an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
  7. (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"
Similar Words: authorization, authorisation, sanction, dominance, say-so, assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, sureness, agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office


Hyponyms: power of appointment, carte blanche, command, lordship, muscle, last word, Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL, Army High Performance Computing Research Center, AHPCRC, Naval Research Laboratory, NRL, United States Army Criminal Investigation Laborato, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, USACIL, executive agency, Food and Drug Administration, FDA, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Counterterrorist Center, CTC, Nonproliferation Center, NPC, Bureau of the Census, Census Bureau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, National Climatic Data Center, NCDC, National Weather Service, Technology Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, National Technical Information Service, NTIS, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, Department of Defense Laboratory System, LABLINK, Department of Energy Intelligence, DOEI, United States Public Health Service, PHS, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Bureau of Justice Assistance, BJA, Bureau of Justice Statistics, BJS, Immigration and Naturalization Service, INS, United States Border Patrol, US Border Patrol, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, DS, Foreign Service, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, INR, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, FWS, National Park Service, Financial Management Service, Office of Intelligence Support, OIS, Comptroller of the Currency, Bureau of Customs, Customs Bureau, Customs Service, USCB, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Federal Aviation Agency, FAA, Transportation Safety Administration, TSA, Government Accounting Office, GAO, United States Government Accounting Office, United States Coast Guard, U. S. Coast Guard, US Coast Guard, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, NAWCWPNS, Naval Special Warfare, NSW, Naval Surface Warfare Center, NSWC, Naval Underwater Warfare Center, NUWC, Office of Naval Intelligence, ONI, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, MCIA, Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaiss, Air Force ISR, AFISR, independent agency, Advanced Research and Development Activity, ARDA, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, DRMS, Defense Technical Information Center, DTIC, law enforcement agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, organ, Patent and Trademark Office Database, Patent Office, United States Government Printing Office, US Government Printing Office, Government Printing Office, GPO, National Guard Bureau, NGB, Army Intelligence, AI, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, BMDO, Defense Information Systems Agency, DISA, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, NIMA, Casualty Care Research Center, CCRC, Federal Housing Administration, FHA, local authority, adviser, advisor, consultant, connoisseur, cognoscenti, evaluator, judge, high priest, liturgist, master, professional, abrogator, allocator, distributor, approver, authority figure, authorizer, authoriser, mandator, pasha, pacha, civil authority, upbraider, reprover, reproacher, rebuker, withdrawer


Attributes: certain(p), sure, uncertain, unsure, incertain


Derivational Morphology: sanction, authorize, authorise, pass, clear, dominate, master


Language Translations:
Albanian: autoritet   Dutch: autoriteit and bevoegdheid  
Esperanto: instanco   Finnish: asiantuntija and auktoriteetti and viranomaiset  
French: autorité   German: Autorität  
Greek: Αρχές and αυθεντία and εξουσία   Hebrew: בר-סמכא and סמכות and רשויות  
Irish: údarás   Italian: autorità  
Japanese: 当局 and 権力   Korean: 권력 and 권력자 and 권위자  
Maltese: awtoritarju and awtoritá   Polish: autorytet and władza  
Romanian: autoritate   Russian: авторитет  
Slovene: avtoriteta   Spanish: autoridad  
Telugu: అధికారము   Ukrainian: влада  
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