executive

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adjective

ex·​ec·​u·​tive ig-ˈze-k(y)ə-tiv How to pronounce executive (audio)
-kyü-
1
a
: of or relating to the execution of the laws and the conduct of public and national affairs
b
: 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
2
a
: designed for or relating to execution or carrying into effect
executive board
b
: having administrative or managerial responsibility
executive director
3
: of or relating to an executive
the executive offices

executive

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noun

1
: the executive branch of a government
also : the person or persons who constitute the executive magistracy of a state
2
: a directing or controlling office of an organization
3
: one that exercises administrative or managerial control

Examples of executive in a Sentence

Adjective She has good executive skills. He has an executive position in the company. In the U.S., the President is the head of the executive branch of government. Noun The television network's executives decided not to air the controversial show. The President is the chief executive of the U.S. matters of policy controlled by the executive See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The 34-year-old Super Bowl champion is an executive producer on My Dead Friend Zoe, a film debuting at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on March 9. Daniel S. Levine, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Michal Lev-Ram: Our executive producer is Chris Joslin. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Marina Brackenbury is executive producer for Scott Free together with David W. Zucker and Ridley Scott. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 14 Feb. 2024 Nicholls serves as an executive producer on One Day, while Essie Davis, Tim McInnerny, Toby Stephens, and Joely Richardson also star. Monica Mercuri, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The limited drama series — which is being helmed by writer, showrunner, and executive producer Patrick Macmanus (Dr. Death, The Girl from Plainville) — is inspired by Peacock's 2021 docuseries of the same name. EW.com, 14 Feb. 2024 Wilson has signed back onto the project as an executive producer and guest singer on one of the tracks. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 Her friend and collaborator Brandi Carlile will be performing alongside her, as will Jacob Collier, Allison Russell, Sista Strings, Lucius, and Blake Mills, according to executive producer Raj Kapoor. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Rapaport serves as an executive producer alongside producers Calle Jansson and Mathias Gruffman at Bigster. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024
Noun
So far, criminal groups haven’t diversified into kidnapping or killing foreign executives or burning down manufacturing facilities in order to try to squeeze protection money, what locals call cobro de piso, from industrial companies. Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Darryl Brewer, the owner of The Brewer Group; Roderick Miles Jr, who works as chief of staff for commissioner Roy Brooks; nonprofit director Kathleen Hick and Mia Hall, a public school executive. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The suit against Simmons filed on Tuesday accused the music mogul of raping a former Def Jam senior music executive at his apartment in the 1990s. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 Hagar Ben-Asher will direct and executive produce the first episode. Joe Otterson, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 The lawsuit comes shortly after executives from social media platforms faced tough questions from lawmakers during the latest congressional hearings over how their platforms may direct younger users – and particularly teenage girls – to harmful content, damaging their mental health and body image. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Her mother is a former AT&T executive who is now a program director for the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, per the organization's website. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 Meta hasn’t yet reported executive compensation for last year. Alex Barinka, Fortune, 3 Feb. 2024 Last week, an Apple executive who helped jump-start the Apple car project left for the electric-car company Rivian. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of executive was in 1649

Dictionary Entries Near executive

Cite this Entry

“Executive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

executive

1 of 2 adjective
ex·​ec·​u·​tive ig-ˈzek-(y)ət-iv How to pronounce executive (audio)
1
: of or relating to the carrying out of laws and the conduct of public and national affairs
the executive branch of government
2
: fitted for or relating to the managing or directing of things
executive skills
an executive program for a computer
3
: of or relating to an executive
the executive offices

executive

2 of 2 noun
1
: the executive branch of a government
2
: a person who manages or directs

Legal Definition

executive

1 of 2 adjective
ex·​ec·​u·​tive
1
: of or relating to the execution or carrying out of laws
serving a warrant is an executive function
especially : belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, overseeing the execution of laws, and appointment of officials see also administrative compare judicial, legislative
2
a
: of or relating to execution
b
: having administrative or managerial responsibility
an executive director
3
: of, relating to, or issued by an executive
an executive pardon

executive

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: the executive branch of a government compare judiciary, legislature
b
: the person or persons making up that branch see also governor, mayor, president
2
: a person who exercises administrative or managerial control

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