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executive

noun [C] uk   /ɪɡˈzek.jʊ.tɪv/ us    /-jə.t̬ɪv/
C1 (informal exec) someone in a high position, especially in business, who makes decisions and puts them into action: She is now a senior executive, having worked her way up through the company. the executive the part of a government that is responsible for making certain that laws and decisions are put into action a group of people who run a business or an organization: The executive of the health workers' union accepted the proposed pay increase on behalf of their members.

executive

adjective [before noun] uk   /ɪɡˈzek.jʊ.tɪv/ us    /-jə.t̬ɪv/
C1 relating to making decisions and managing businesses, or suitable for people with important jobs in business: His executive skills will be very useful to the company. executive cars an executive suite
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