Translation of authority in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /əˈθɔːrəti; ɔːˈθɒrəti/

n (pl -ties)

  • 1 u 1.1 (power) autoridad (f) they have no respect for authority no respetan la autoridad those in authority los que tienen la autoridad, los que mandan to have authority over sb/sth tener* autoridad sobre algn/algo I have no authority in the matter no tengo competencia en el asunto I'm not in a position of authority no tengo autoridad to exercise one's authority ejercer* su ( or mi etc) autoridad 1.2 (authorization) authority to + inf autorización (f)para + inf he had my authority to do it tenía mi autorización para hacerlo he acted without proper authority actuó sin la debida autorización to exceed one's authority [formal] excederse en el ejercicio de sus atribuciones [formal] 1.3 (authoritativeness) autoridad (f) I can speak with some authority on this subject puedo hablar del tema con cierta autoridad his voice carried authority su voz denotaba autoridad the champion played with real authority el campeón jugó con verdadera maestría
  • 2 c (person, body) autoridad (f) I will pass on your complaint to the proper authority o authorities haré llegar su queja a la(s) autoridad(es) competente(s) the education authority (esp BrE) distrito escolar y autoridades correspondientes the council is a government authority set up to … el concejo es una entidad gubernamental creada para … she was detained by the Belgian authorities fue detenida por las autoridades belgas the museum authorities la dirección del museo
  • 3 c 3.1 (expert) authority (on sth) autoridad (f)(en algo) he is an authority on the subject es una autoridad en la materia 3.2 (source) autoridad (f) my authority for (saying) this is the Bible itself me baso en la propia Biblia to have sth on good authority saber* algo de buena fuente I have it on the best authority that … sé de la mejor de las fuentes que … I have it on his own authority that … él mismo me ha dicho que …

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The name of the autonomous governments of Catalonia and Valencia is generalitat. A great deal of power has now been transferred to them from central government. The medieval term generalitat was revived in 1932, when Catalonia voted for its own devolved government. After the Civil War, it was abolished by Franco but was restored in 1978, with the establishment of comunidades autónomascomunidad autónoma. The Valencian Generalitat is keen to preserve the traditions of the region from Catalan influence.