Meaning of “author” in the English Dictionary

"author" in British English

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authornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɔː.θər/ us /ˈɑː.θɚ/

B1 the writer of a book, article, play, etc.:

He is the author of two books on French history.

formal a person who begins or creates something:

She's the author of the company's recent success/of all our troubles.

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  • The author has tried to deal with a very difficult subject.
  • In his preface, the author says that he took eight years to write the book.
  • She's a best-selling author .
  • He's the author of several hugely successful children's books .
  • There was a biographical note about the author on the back of the book.

authorverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɔː.θər/ us /ˈɑː.θɚ/

(Definition of “author” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"author" in American English

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authornoun [ C ]

us /ˈɔ·θər/

a writer of a book, article, etc., or a person whose main job is writing books:

a talented young author
He is the author of seven books.
author
verb [ T ] us /ˈɔ·θər/

Murphy authored the new legislation.

(Definition of “author” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"author" in Business English

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authornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɔːθər/ us

the writer of a book, article, etc.:

He is a best-selling author.
The author of the report said his findings were very worrying.

a person who begins or creates something:

The authors of the proposal want it to be adopted immediately.

authorverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɔːθər/ us

to write a book, article, etc.:

She has authored a series of reports on the global energy crisis.
The study was jointly authored by Smith and Wilks.

to create something or formally suggest it:

The Republican Congressman agreed to author the bill.

(Definition of “author” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)