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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 acts according 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 its laws.
executive
adjective  us   /ɪɡˈzek·jə·t̬ɪv/
In the US, the president is the head of the executive branch of government.
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executivenoun [C]

uk   /ɪɡˈzek.jə.tɪv/  us   /ɪɡˈzek.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.

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executiveadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɪɡˈzek.jə.tɪv/  us   /ɪɡˈzek.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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"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 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.
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executiveadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzekjətɪv/
relating to making decisions and managing businesses or government: executive decision/duty An executive decision was made to move to another site. The organizational pyramid 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 enterprise requires 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 relocation officer at executive level. The interview board 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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