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Noun
The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience
“Vice Admiral Holdo wasted no time in exerting her authority over trigger-happy flyboys like Poe Dameron.”
Noun
A person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field
“Freily considered herself an authority on nutrition and recommended a diet based purely on bananas.”
Noun
The power to affect, control or manipulate (something or someone)
“These are regions where the natural authority of religious institutions has a foothold.”
Noun
The right to act in a specified way, delegated from one person or organization to another
“Police will only have the authority to search a property with a court warrant.”
Noun
Official permission
“Only a director of the company will have the authority to ratify these changes.”
Noun
The capacity to persuade
“He spoke with an instinctive authority by playing to the emotions of his audience.”
Noun
A book or other source able to supply reliable information or evidence
“I hope to establish this book as an important authority in this fast-changing field.”
Noun
Evidence on which to base an opinion or belief on
“I have it on good authority that he is secretly cheating on his diet.”
Noun
(often in plural form "authorities") A government-owned agency
“I suggest you take your complaints to the relevant authority.”
Noun
A motive for an action or a determination
“I can speak with no certainty of the workings of this system, though I have good authority to believe that it has failed.”
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