executive

adjective
ex·​ec·​u·​tive | \ ig-ˈze-k(y)ə-tiv How to pronounce executive (audio) , -kyü-\

Definition of executive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : 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

noun

Definition of executive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, co-executive director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, remembers. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Fire at the Highlander Center Won’t Stop this Legendary Civil Rights Movement Training Organization," 10 Apr. 2019 On International Women's Day, Meghan participated in a panel alongside CAMFED's executive director, Angeline Murimirwa. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Baby Shower Is Going Global, Thanks to a Charity-Minded Fan," 1 Apr. 2019 The program was created in a 2007 executive action by President George W. Bush. ... Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Trump Extends Temporary Protection for Liberians in U.S.," 28 Mar. 2019 Still, Pence, whose aides say has a preternatural calm, shifted and became a salesman for the president’s position and worked to lay the groundwork for possible executive action. Seung-min Kim, The Seattle Times, "Inside Trump’s defiance on the longest shutdown ever," 13 Jan. 2019 President Trump's sudden executive action over the border crisis stemmed some of the urgency for Congress to act on immigration. Gregg Re, Fox News, "House GOP abruptly scraps planned vote on troubled immigration bill, saying it could pass next week," 2 Oct. 2018 Tobergte started his work as a vice president with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as senior vice president, rising to executive vice president in 1999 and as president/CEO from November 2004 until present. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Dan Tobertge resigns from Northern Kentucky Tri-ED," 13 July 2018 Catherine Gauthier, executive director of ENvironnement Jeunesse and the representative plaintiff in the case, tells Teen Vogue. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Youth-Led Climate Justice Groups Helping to Save the Environment," 28 Mar. 2019 In attendance was Indre Rockefeller (a former ballerina herself), Wes Gordon and Paul Arnhold, Pose actor Dyllón Burnside; SAB’s artistic director Jon Stafford, associate artistic director Wendy Whelan, and executive director Carrie W. Hinrichs. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just like Season 2 saw Emerald Fennell take over showrunning duties from creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Season 3 will see Fear the Walking Dead writer Suzanne Heathcote leading the charge as writer and executive producer. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Killing Eve Is Officially Coming Back for Season 3," 8 Apr. 2019 The executives with a couple of steps could have opened the door. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "Many Women Who Died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 Were Young Immigrants," 25 Mar. 2019 When: 2019 Price: $300,000 (estimated) Boeing Starliner: Developed in collaboration with NASA to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, Boeing executives say Starliner will be available for other customers, including tourists. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Walmart executives said Tuesday that its customers are benefiting from a stronger economy. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations," 20 Feb. 2019 These conferences have been attended by major tech company executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China is making the internet less free, and US tech companies are helping," 2 Nov. 2018 Now, executives said—an intriguing possibility that probably won’t happen until 5G becomes mainstream. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'," 27 Mar. 2019 One of my executive coaching clients is at the top of her field and looking to do something … else? Kathryn Crawford Saxer, The Seattle Times, "How to make a big career decision," 25 Mar. 2019 In the kitchen, over a plate of charcuterie, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen entertained executives from the development’s ownership, Related Properties. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "13,000 Guests Attended the Opening of Hudson Yards—Anne Hathaway and Gisele Included," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of executive

Adjective

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of executive was in 1649

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executive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of executive

: a person who manages or directs other people in a company or organization
: the executive branch of a government

executive

adjective
ex·​ec·​u·​tive | \ ig-ˈze-kyə-tiv How to pronounce executive (audio) \

Kids Definition of executive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fitted for or relating to the managing or directing of things Claudia showed the executive ability of a corporation president.— E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
2 : relating to the carrying out of the law and the conduct of public affairs the executive branch of government

executive

noun

Kids Definition of executive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

executive

adjective
ex·​ec·​u·​tive

Legal Definition of executive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : 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

noun

Legal Definition of executive (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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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