- 1 [uncountable] the power to give orders to people in a position of authority She now has authority over the people who used to be her bosses. Nothing will be done because no one in authority (= who has a position of power) takes the matter seriously. There are very few male authority figures (= people who have power over others) in his movies.
- 2[uncountable] authority (to do something) the power or right to do something Only the manager has the authority to sign checks. We have the authority to search this building. permission
- 3 [uncountable] official permission to do something It was done without the principal's authority. We acted under the authority of the UN. organization
- 4 [countable, usually plural] the people or an organization who have the power to make decisions or who have a particular area of responsibility in a country or region The health authorities are investigating the problem. I have to report this to the authorities. the immigration authorities knowledge
- 5[uncountable] the power to influence people because they respect your knowledge or official position He spoke with authority on the topic. the moral authority to run the country expert
- 6[countable] authority (on something) a person with special knowledge synonym specialist She's an authority on criminal law. Idioms
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NAmE//əˈθɔrət̮i//, NAmE//əˈθɑr‑//(pl. authorities)
to be able to believe something because you trust the person who gave you the information I have it on good authority that he is going to be promoted.
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