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Meaning of “executive” in the English Dictionary

"executive" in British English

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executivenoun [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 ​healthworkers' ​unionaccepted the ​proposedpayincrease on ​behalf of ​theirmembers.

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executiveadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɪɡˈzek.jʊ.tɪv/  us   /-jə.t̬ɪv/
C1 relating to making ​decisions and ​managingbusinesses, or ​suitable for ​people with ​importantjobs in ​business: His executive ​skills will be very ​useful to the ​company. executive ​cars an executive ​suite
(Definition of executive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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executivenoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪɡˈzek·jə·t̬ɪv/ (infml exec,  /ɪɡˈzek/ )
someone in a high ​position, esp. in ​business, who makes ​decisions and ​actsaccording to them: [C] a ​chief executive US history The executive ​branch of the US ​government, ​including the ​president, the ​cabinet, and several ​departments, ​manages the duties of ​government and ​itslaws.
executive
adjective  us   /ɪɡˈzek·jə·t̬ɪv/
In the US, the ​president is the ​head of the executive ​branch of ​government.
(Definition of executive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"executive" in Business English

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executivenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzekjətɪv/
( informal exec) MANAGEMENT someone who has an important ​position in ​business, making decisions and putting them into ​action: World Economic Forum is an ​annualmeeting in Switzerland at which ​politicalleaders and business executives discuss ​economicissues. 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 ​healthworkers' ​unionaccepted the ​proposedpayincrease 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.
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executiveadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzekjətɪv/
relating to making decisions and ​managingbusinesses or ​government: executive decision/duty An executive decision was made to ​move to another ​site. The ​organizationalpyramid had executive ​management at the ​top and ​supervisors and ​employees at the ​bottom.
having or ​relating to the ​power to take ​action on decisions: executive authority/leadership/power Reshaping the ​culture of the ​corporation around the ​needs of the entire ​enterpriserequires executive ​leadership. The ​IMF is fully ​accountable to its ​membership, through the 24-member executive ​board.
relating to executives (= important ​people in a ​company who make decisions): an executive ​appointment/​job/​position executive ​bonuses/​pay/​salary They ​appointed a ​relocationofficer at executive ​level. The ​interviewboard considered that the ​candidate was definitely executive ​material.
suitable for ​people with important ​jobs in ​business: an executive jet He had a drink in the ​airport executive lounge before ​boarding his ​flight. He ​worked in the executive ​suite at Northwest Airlines.
expensive and of a high ​quality: an executive ​car/​flat/​home
(Definition of executive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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