Definition of executive in English:

executive

Syllabification: ex·ec·u·tive
Pronunciation: /iɡˈzekyədiv
 
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adjective

[attributive]
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.
Synonyms
administrative, decision-making, managerial; lawmaking
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.

noun

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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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

executively

adverb
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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.

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