authority (

     n 1: the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has
          the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given
          authorization to make arrests" [syn: authorization, authorisation,
           dominance, say-so]
     2: (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative)
        control over others; "the authorities have issued a
     3: an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an
        authority on corporate law"
     4: freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities;
        "his assurance in his superiority did not make him
        popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence";
        "she spoke with authority" [syn: assurance, self-assurance,
         confidence, self-confidence, sureness]
     5: an administrative unit of government; "the Central
        Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of
        Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority" [syn:
         agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau,
     6: official permission or approval; "authority for the program
        was renewed several times" [syn: authorization, authorisation,
     7: an authoritative written work; "this book is the final
        authority on the life of Milton"