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English definition of “executive”

executive

noun [C]     /ɪɡˈzekjətɪv/
( informal exec) MANAGEMENT someone who has an important position in business, making decisions and putting them into action: World Economic Forum is an annual meeting in Switzerland at which political leaders and business executives discuss economic issues. a high-ranking/senior/top executive an advertising/marketing/oil executive company/corporate/industry executives a financial/sales executive
a group of people who run an organization: The executive of the health workers' union accepted the proposed pay increase on behalf of their members.
the executive GOVERNMENT the part of a government that is responsible for making certain that laws and decisions are put into action, rather than making laws: Checks and balances are provided by the separation of powers between the judiciary, the executive and the legislature. → Compare legislature
→ See also account executive, chief executive, the Health and Safety Executive, legal executive, national executive
(Definition of executive noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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