Definition of executive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzekjətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzekjətɪv//
    [only before noun] Running a business, Job titles
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  1. 1  connected with managing a business or an organization, and with making plans and decisions She has an executive position in a finance company. executive decisions/duties/jobs/positions the executive dining room See related entries: Running a business, Job titles
  2. 2having the power to put important laws and decisions into effect executive authority an executive board/body/committee/officer Executive power is held by the president.
  3. 3  expensive; for the use of somebody who is considered important an executive car/home an executive suite (= in a hotel) an executive lounge (= at an airport)
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin executivus, from exsequi, from ex- ‘out’ + sequi ‘follow’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: executive