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chief executive officer

noun

Definition of chief executive officer

  1. :  the person who has the most authority in an organization or business



Word by Word Definitions

chiefplay
  1. :  accorded highest rank or office

    :  of greatest importance or influence

  1. :  chiefly

  1. :  the upper part of a heraldic field

    :  the head of a body of persons or an organization :  leader

    :  the principal or most valuable part

executiveplay
  1. :  of or relating to the execution of the laws and the conduct of public and national affairs

    :  belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, superintendence of the execution of the laws, and appointment of officials and that usually has some power over legislation (as through veto) — compare judicial, legislative

    :  designed for or relating to execution or carrying into effect

  1. :  the executive branch of a government

    :  the person or persons who constitute the executive magistracy of a state

    :  a directing or controlling office of an organization

officerplay
  1. :  agent

    :  one charged with police duties

    :  one who holds an office of trust, authority, or command

  1. :  to furnish with officers

    :  to command or direct as an officer


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