authorities meaning

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Noun: authorities  u'thóruteez or o'thóruteez
  1. The organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
    "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
    - government, regime
Noun: authority  u'thóritee or o'thóritee
  1. The power or right to give orders or make decisions
    "he has the authority to issue warrants"
    - authorization, authorisation [Brit], potency, dominance, say-so 
  2. (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
    "the authorities have issued a curfew" 
  3. An expert whose views are taken as definitive
    "he is an authority on corporate law" 
  4. Freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
    "she spoke with authority"
    - assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, sureness 
  5. An administrative unit of government
    "Tennessee Valley Authority"
    - agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office 
  6. Official permission or approval
    "authority for the program was renewed several times"
    - authorization, authorisation [Brit], sanction 
  7. An authoritative written work
    "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"

See also: certain, incertain, sure, uncertain, unsure

Type of: administrative body, administrative unit, book, certainty, control, expert, individual, mortal, permission, person, polity, somebody, someone, soul

Encyclopedia: Authorities

Authority Authority, Civil


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  1. they have complained to local authorities.
  2. his voice carries the ring of authority.
  3. he ignored the existing lines of authority.
  4. policemen have authority to arrest lawbreakers.
  5. these factories are run by the local authorities.

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