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Definition 1: the power or right to give orders or make decisions - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where authority or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has the authority to issue warrants
  • deputies are given authorization to make arrests
  • a place of potency in the state

Synonyms for authority in the sense of this definition

(authority is a kind of ...) power to direct or determine

"under control"

(... is a kind of authority ) authority given (in a will or deed) by a donor to a donee to appoint the beneficiaries of the donor's property

(... is a kind of authority ) complete freedom or authority to act

(... is a kind of authority ) the power or authority to command

"an admiral in command"

(... is a kind of authority ) supreme authority; absolute dominion

(... is a kind of authority ) the authority of a lord

(... is a kind of authority ) authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way)

"the senators used their muscle to get the party leader to resign"

(... is a kind of authority ) the authority of a state to govern another state

Definition 2: official permission or approval - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where authority or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • authority for the program was renewed several times

Synonyms for authority in the sense of this definition

(authority is a kind of ...) approval to do something

"he asked permission to leave"

Definition 3: freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where authority or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular
  • after that failure he lost his confidence
  • she spoke with authority

Synonyms for authority in the sense of this definition

(authority is a kind of ...) the state of being certain

"his certainty reassured the others"

(... are attributes of authority) having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured

"felt certain of success" "was sure (or certain) she had seen it" "was very sure in his beliefs" "sure of her friends"

(... are attributes of authority) lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance

"uncertain of his convictions" "unsure of himself and his future" "moving with uncertain (or unsure) steps" "an uncertain smile" "touched the ornaments with uncertain fingers"

Definition 4: an authoritative written work - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where authority or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this book is the final authority on the life of Milton

(authority is a kind of ...) a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)

"I am reading a good book on economics"

(... is a kind of authority ) an authoritative statement

"my doctor has the last word on the medicines I take"

Definition 5: an administrative unit of government - [noun denoting group]

Samples where authority or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the Central Intelligence Agency
  • the Census Bureau
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Tennessee Valley Authority

Synonyms for authority in the sense of this definition

(authority is a kind of ...) a unit with administrative responsibilities

(... is a kind of authority ) an administrative unit of local government

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress and is independent of the executive departments

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency focused on ensuring that the United States military attains information superiority; operates worldwide ground sites and an array of airborne reconnaissance and surveillance platforms

(... is a kind of authority ) the airforce of the United States of America; the agency that defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the United States Marine Corps that provides responsive and broad intelligence support for the worldwide Marine Corps organization

(... is a kind of authority ) the military intelligence agency that provides for the intelligence and counterintelligence and investigative and security requirements of the United States Navy

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency that provides scientific and engineering and technical support for submarine and undersea warfare systems

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency that provides scientific and engineering and technical support for all aspects of surface warfare

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency that provides units to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare

(... is a kind of authority ) the principal agency of the United States Navy for research and development for air warfare and missile weapon systems

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the Department of Transportation responsible for patrolling shores and facilitating nautical commerce

(... is a kind of authority ) the navy of the United States of America; the agency that maintains and trains and equips combat-ready naval forces

(... is a kind of authority ) an independent nonpartisan federal agency that acts as the investigative arm of Congress making the executive branch accountable to Congress and the government accountable to citizens of the United States

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency established in 2001 to safeguard United States transportation systems and insure safe air travel

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of Transportation that is responsible for the safety of civilian aviation

(... is a kind of authority ) the bureau of the Treasury Department responsible for tax collections

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the Intelligence Community that conducts advanced research and development related to information technology

(... is a kind of authority ) a logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense; provides worldwide support for military missions

(... is a kind of authority ) the federal agency in the Department of Housing and Urban Development that insures residential mortgages

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of Defense that is a national center for research on all aspects of injury control and casualty care

(... is a kind of authority ) a combat support agency that provides geographic intelligence in support of national security

(... is a kind of authority ) a combat support agency in the Department of Defense responsible for developing and operating and supporting information systems to serve the needs of the President and the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of Defense that is responsible for making ballistic missile defense a reality

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the United States Army responsible for providing timely and relevant and accurate and synchronized intelligence to tactical and operational and strategic level commanders

(... is a kind of authority ) the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency that administers the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard; provides liaison between the Army and the Air Force and various National Guard units

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the legislative branch that provides printing and binding services for Congress and the departments and establishments of the federal government

(... is a kind of authority ) the government bureau in the Department of Commerce that keeps a record of patents and trademarks and grants new ones

(... is a kind of authority ) a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function

"The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department"

(... is a kind of authority ) a government agency in the Department of Labor to maintain a safe and healthy work environment

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency in the Department of Defense that provides scientific and technical information to federal agencies and their contractors

(... is a kind of authority ) the organization in the Defense Logistics Agency that inventories and evaluates and sells reusable United States government surplus

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency of the Treasury Department that produces currency

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency of the Treasury Department that enforces import tariffs

(... is a kind of authority ) a defense laboratory that provides essential services in fundamental science for national security and environmental protection and provides technologies that contribute to industrial competitiveness

(... is a kind of authority ) the central research and development organization for the United States Department of Defense; responsible for developing new surveillance technologies since 9/11

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Technology Administration that makes measurements and sets standards as needed by industry or government programs

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of Commerce that works with United States industries to promote competitiveness and maximize the impact of technology on economic growth

(... is a kind of authority ) the federal agency in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is responsible for weather forecast and preparation of weather maps

(... is a kind of authority ) the part of NOAA that maintains the world's largest active archive of weather data

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of Commerce that maps the oceans and conserves their living resources; predicts changes to the earth's environment; provides weather reports and forecasts floods and hurricanes and other natural disasters related to weather

(... is a kind of authority ) the bureau of the Commerce Department responsible for taking the census; provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency that serves as the focal point for all Intelligence Community activities related to nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their missile delivery systems

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency that helps the Director of Central Intelligence coordinate counterterrorist efforts in order to preempt and disrupt and defeat terrorist activities at the earliest possible stage

(... is a kind of authority ) a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services; located in Atlanta; investigates and diagnoses and tries to control or prevent diseases (especially new and unusual diseases)

(... is a kind of authority ) a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health-related products

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the executive branch of government

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency that collects political and economic and technical information about energy matters and makes the Department of Energy's technical and analytical expertise available to other members of the Intelligence Community

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency that serves as the office of Surgeon General; includes agencies whose mission is to improve the public health

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency of the Treasury Department responsible for controlling the currency

(... is a kind of authority ) agency that oversees the intelligence relationships of the Treasury's offices and bureaus and provides a link between the Intelligence Community and officials responsible for international economic policy

(... is a kind of authority ) the federal agency in the Treasury Department that manages the government's disbursement and collection systems and provides central accounting and financial reporting

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency of the Interior Department responsible for the national parks

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of the Interior that conserves and protects fish and wildlife and their habitats; assesses the environmental impact of pesticides and nuclear power site and hydroelectric dams and thermal pollution

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency that is the primary source in the State Department for interpretive analyses of global developments and focal point for policy issues and activities of the Intelligence Community

(... is a kind of authority ) the part of the State Department that supplies diplomats for the United States embassies and consulates around the world

(... is a kind of authority ) the bureau in the State Department that is responsible for the security of diplomats and embassies overseas

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is to employ science in the pursuit of knowledge to improve human health; is the principal biomedical research agency of the federal government

(... is a kind of authority ) the bureau in the Department of Justice that assists local criminal justice systems to reduce or prevent crime and violence and drug abuse

(... is a kind of authority ) the agency in the Department of Justice that is the primary source of criminal justice statistics for federal and local policy makers

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Department of Justice that enforces laws and regulations for the admission of foreign-born persons to the United States

(... is a kind of authority ) the mobile law enforcement arm of the Immigration and Naturalization Service that detects and prevents illegal entry of aliens into the United States

(... is a kind of authority ) an agency in the Technology Administration that is a primary resource for government-funded scientific and technical and engineering and business related information

(... is an instance of authority) a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces

(... is an instance of authority) a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence

(... is an instance of authority) the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines

(... is an instance of authority) a United States defense laboratory to conduct research in high-performance computing for defense technology applications; a partnership of government and university and industry

Definition 6: an expert whose views are taken as definitive - [noun denoting person]

Samples where authority or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is an authority on corporate law

(authority is a kind of ...) a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

(... is a kind of authority ) an expert who gives advice

"an adviser helped students select their courses" "the United States sent military advisors to Guatemala"

(... is a kind of authority ) an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality

(... is a kind of authority ) a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine

"he's the high priest of contemporary jazz"

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority on liturgies

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority qualified to teach apprentices

Definition 7: (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others - [noun denoting person]

Samples where authority or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the authorities have issued a curfew

(authority is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of authority ) someone who finds fault or imputes blame

(... is a kind of authority ) a person who exercises authority over civilian affairs

(... is a kind of authority ) a civil or military authority in Turkey or Egypt

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority who issues a mandate

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority who authorizes (people or actions)

"the agents report back to their authorizers"

(... is a kind of authority ) someone who is regarded as an authority by someone else

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority with power to approve

(... is a kind of authority ) a person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority or official empowered to abolish or annul or repeal

(... is a kind of authority ) an authority who withdraws permission

(authority is used in the usage domain ...) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

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