Definition of executive in English:

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Pronunciation: /iɡˈzekyədiv/


1Having the power to put plans, actions, or laws into effect: an executive chairman executive authority
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  • The appointment of the former executive chairman of Aggreko, the power generator rentals company, was well received by analysts.
  • The new executive committee has, unlike the old, a majority of his supporters.
  • Stern is now executive vice president of business development.
administrative, decision-making, managerial;
1.1Relating to managing an organization or political administration and putting into effect plans, policies, or laws: the executive branch of government the state has various executive functions Often contrasted with legislative.
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  • There are also significant structural impediments to presidential control of the executive branch of government.
  • The company now faces antitrust investigation by the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union.
  • The Cabinet and its members fuse political and executive functions.


1A person with senior managerial responsibility in a business organization.
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  • Did the chief executive ask the senior manager whether such cash payments had been received?
  • If you're the chief executive or managing director of a small or medium-sized company, have you asked your IT guy this specific question?
  • As for Dudley, the 33-year-old is an executive with Artistic Control Management.
chief, head, director, senior official, senior manager, CEO, chief executive officer
informal boss, exec, suit, big cheese
1.1 [as modifier] Suitable or appropriate for a senior business executive: the executive suite an executive jet
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  • The Pentagon will lease six Gulfstream V executive jets so the big shots can fly high.
  • Further work will include a refurbished lecture theatre and new executive suite.
  • And it is this figure that should provide the link between business performance and executive compensation.
1.2An executive committee or other body within an organization: the union executive
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  • The county executive meets within the week to consider the situation, with power to make a nomination of its own.
  • True, he served on the executive of the 1922 committee until the election and has voted consistently against the extension of gay rights.
  • Public unity within the DUP executive is holding - but only by a fingernail.
administration, management, directorate;
government, legislative body
2 (the executive) The person or branch of a government responsible for putting policies or laws into effect.
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  • For example, responsible government requires that the executive be responsible to parliament.
  • If we look at what this bill is to do, we see that it will allow by Order in Council the executive to make the decisions about merging.
  • The basic objection to the form of pre-charter borough governments was that the executive was responsible to the king rather than to the community.



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  • The film will be executively produced by Hilary Heath with a script by Martin Sherman.
  • The film, executively produced by Ansa and directed by her husband Jonee Ansa, is currently shooting in and around Macon.
  • It asserted that the decision of the House of Lords in Venables was in relation to executively set tariffs, and could not be read across to judicially set tariffs.


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from medieval Latin executivus, from exsequi 'carry out' (see execute).

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Syllabification: ex·ec·u·tive

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