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Overview of noun authority

The noun authority has 7 senses? (first 6 from tagged texts)
1. (18) authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-so

(the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state")

2. (5) authority

((usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew")

3. (3) authority

(an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law")

4. (2) assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness

(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")

5. (1) agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority

(an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority")

6. (1) authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction

(official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times")

7. authority

(an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton")

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