Definition of author in English:


Line breaks: au¦thor
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːθə



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  • 1Be the author of (a book or piece of writing): she has authored several articles on wildlife
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    • While this is a jointly authored book, the switch from one section to the other is seamless.
    • She has authored seven books and over one hundred articles.
    • She authored many best-selling books, including Forever Young, Forever Healthy.
  • 1.1Be the originator of: the concept has been authored largely by insurance companies
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    • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority is currently authoring guidelines to regulate insurance advertising.
    • The idea of composing a life, authoring one's own actions, acting as an agent, makes little sense in this view.
    • This goodly frame, the earth, was such a configuration, authored by God, and with wondrous messages for those who cared to examine the text.



Pronunciation: /ɔːˈθɔːrɪəl/
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  • Before the book's release, The Guardian held a contest in which participants wrote a pivotal death scene in various authorial styles.
  • It is definitely a story that unfolds rather than a story that is told, and much of the drama is indeed contained in dialogue rather than authorial narrative.
  • As usual there is little authorial control over reader reaction.


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  • The point being that movies are a collaborative medium, works of joint authorship.
  • In particular, the court could not accept that Congress intended to extend joint authorship to, for example, editors and researchers.
  • Nearly half of the plays written for the public theatres during the early modern period were products of joint authorship.


Middle English (in the sense 'a person who invents or causes something'): from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, from augere 'increase, originate, promote'. The spelling with th arose in the 15th century, and perhaps became established under the influence of authentic.


In the sense ‘be the author of’ the verb author is objected to by some traditionalists. It is well established, though, especially in North America, and has been in use since the end of the 16th century.

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