authority meaning

EN[ɔːˈθɒɹəti] [əˈθɔɹəti] [əˈθɑɹəti]
  • The word authority (Derived from the Latin word auctoritas) can be used to mean power given by the state (in the form of government, judges, police officers, etc.) or by academic knowledge of an area (someone can be an authority on a subject).
  • When the word Authority is used in the name of an organization, this name usually refers to the governing body upon which such authority is vested; for example,

    Definition of authority in English Dictionary

  • NounPLauthoritiesPREaut-SUF-ity
    1. NU The power to enforce rules or give orders.
      1. I have the authority to penalise the staff in my department, but not the authority to sack them. ‎
      2. She lost all her respect and authority after turning up drunk to the meeting. ‎
      3. Respect my authority! ‎
    2. (used in singular or plural form) Persons in command; specifically, government.
      1. The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.
    3. NC A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.
      1. the world's foremost authority on orangutans ‎
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • His tactics appealed to the type of Old Bolshevik undergrounder who had little patience with theoretical hairsplitting and who looked to a firm authority to take the lead in practical work.
      • How can you speak with authority about their customs when you have never lived among them? ‎
      • The authorities are trying to crack down on drunk driving during the holidays.
    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
      • Authority figures have a history of weaseling on this topic.
    3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • He came by boat to Australia, and lived in the community for three years before being redetained by immigration authorities.
      • Eventually I was promoted, and a small team of recruits came under my authority.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Nouns
      • Countable nouns
        • Singularia tantum
          • Uncountable nouns
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      Source: Wiktionary

      Meaning of authority for the defined word.

      Grammatically, this word "authority" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum.
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      Definiteness: Level 9
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