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- 1. authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-so, control
- usage: 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. authority, person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
- usage: (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"
- 3. authority, expert
- usage: an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
- 4. assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness, certainty
- usage: 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. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority, administrative unit, administrative body
- usage: an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
- 6. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction, permission
- usage: official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
- 7. authority, book
- usage: an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
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