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British English: /ɔːˈθɒrɪti/
American English: /əˈθɔrədi/

Translation of authority in French:


  • 1 (power)
    autorité (f) (over sur)
    the authority of the state
    l'autorité de l'État
    to have the authority to do to have no authority to do
    n'avoir aucune autorité pour faire
    to be in authority
    occuper un poste de responsabilité
    he will be reported to those in authority
    son cas sera référé à qui de droit
    who's in authority here?
    qui commande ici?
    to do something on somebody's authority
    faire quelque chose sous les ordres de quelqu'un
    to be/act under somebody's authority
    être/agir sous les ordres de quelqu'un
    on one's own authority
    de son propre chef
  • 2 (forcefulness, confidence) to speak with authority
    parler avec autorité
    to lack authority
    (person, performance)
    manquer d'autorité
  • 3 (permission) to give somebody (the) authority to do
    autoriser quelqu'un à faire, donner à quelqu'un l'autorisation de faire
  • 6 (source of information) what is your authority for these figures?
    de quelles sources proviennent vos chiffres?
    I have it on good authority that …
    je sais de source sûre que …

also: authorities plural noun

  • (gen) (Administration, Politics)
    autorités fpl
    to report something to the authorities
    signaler quelque chose aux autorités
    the school/hospital authorities
    la direction de l'école/de l'hôpital
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