1. The power or right to give orders or make decisions (synset 105203850)
    "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"
  2. (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others (synset 109844011)
    "the authorities have issued a curfew"
  3. An expert whose views are taken as definitive (synset 109843763)
    "he is an authority on corporate law"
  4. Freedom from doubt;
    Belief in yourself and your abilities (synset 105705328)
    "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"
  5. An administrative unit of government (synset 108354251)
    "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
  6. Official permission or approval (synset 105184134)
    "authority for the program was renewed several times"
  7. An authoritative written work (synset 106423235)
    "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"

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