- authority is part of the Basic English 850.
Authority is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.
- (uncountable) To have authority means to have the power to make a decision.
- This judge has the authority to throw you in jail.
- (countable) If you are an authority on something, many people think you know very, very much about it.
- The Pope is the highest authority in the Catholic church.