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

The judicial audit does not involve the executive branch. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Haitian president pledges to outlast troubles," 30 Aug. 2019 Jane Hudson, the executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, told me earlier this week that Democratic Party officials had yet to address accessibility concerns voiced by her organization. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Virtual Threat to Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation Caucuses," 30 Aug. 2019 Earlier that year, Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s leader, had promoted Powell to executive director of general operations. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "The NRA Used Funds to Settle a Sexual Harassment Claim Against a Top Official — And Then He Was Accused Again," 28 Aug. 2019 The European Union has been involved in G7 work since 1977, and is represented at the summit by the President of the European Commission (the E.U.’s executive branch) Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. Julia Webster, Time, "What Does the G7 Stand For?," 23 Aug. 2019 In the United States, new PET bottles contain only 7 percent recycled content, said Susan Collins, executive director of the Container Recycling Institute. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 Katie Gibbs, executive director of the science campaign group Evidence for Democracy in Ottawa, says more clarity is needed on how the rules will be applied. Brian Owens, Science | AAAS, "Climate facts subject to rules on partisan advertising in Canada," 20 Aug. 2019 The dictum mostly expands or alters the executive branch’s reach on dealing with gun violence and is the first concrete policy change to come from any of the Flyover states following the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. cleveland.com, "Worrying economic signs in the heartland point to a recession: The Flyover," 19 Aug. 2019 But if the Air Force chooses to ignore the GAO’s decision, the GAO must notify Congress, which can then take up the matter with the executive branch. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How Blue Origin is trying to rework the rules of the Air Force’s coveted rocket competition," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scott’s campaign team includes Marvin James as campaign manager; Alicia Wilson, a former Sagamore Development Co. executive who is now a Johns Hopkins University vice president, as treasurer; and prominent fundraiser Colleen Martin-Lauer. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "City Council President Brandon Scott enters race for Baltimore mayor, heating up 2020 contest," 13 Sep. 2019 Most recently, former Toys R Us executives operating a company called Tru Kids announced plans last month to bring back the defunct toy retailer in the U.S. by opening two smaller stores, including one in Houston's Galleria mall. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Founder bids to buy Charming Charlie trademarks out of bankruptcy," 12 Sep. 2019 More lawsuits in the pipeline Two former executives of Bumble Bee and one from StarKist have also each pleaded guilty to price-fixing charges. CBS News, "StarKist to pay $100 million fine in tuna price-fixing case," 11 Sep. 2019 China’s official record shows there were around 200,000 Chinese construction workers, engineers, translators, company executives, and the like in Africa in 2017. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Why Chinese are traveling to Africa, and why Africans are traveling to China," 10 Sep. 2019 Cordeiro, a former Goldman Sachs executive, now sits atop the U.S. Soccer board of directors, which will choose the next CEO, likely by December or January ahead of the federation’s next annual general meeting. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "With CEO Dan Flynn Stepping Down, What Now for U.S. Soccer?," 9 Sep. 2019 Gass, a former Starbucks executive, had been Kohl's chief merchandising and customer officer. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's No. 2 executive Sona Chawla, who had been in running for top spot, will leave the company," 6 Sep. 2019 Mr Buttigieg, a Rhodes Scholar and former McKinsey executive knows how to connect with them. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "Why Pete Buttigieg is losing momentum," 4 Sep. 2019 Michael will be the show's co-executive producer alongside the Friends star. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'GMA' Star Michael Strahan Went Into SERIOUS 'Magic Mike' Mode on One Audience Member," 28 Aug. 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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