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



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 Crystal Bryant, the executive director of the NAACP Cleveland Branch, will handle the day-to-day operations. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2021 Michelle Smith, executive director of TLC Adventures in Child Care, expressed her frustration with the state mandating toddlers wear masks. Fox News, 21 Sep. 2021 Karen Chen, executive director of the Boston chapter of the Chinese Progressive Association, said the pandemic has compounded the sense of economic anxiety that was already prevalent in the community. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 NBC News Studios’ head of documentary Molly O’Brien and POV executive director Erika Dilday — could be seen at various festival venues in the Penobscot Bay towns of Camden, Rockport and Rockland. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 Todd Baker, executive director of the Ohio State Medical Association, declined specific questions about Tenpenny and referred inquiries to the state medical board. Jake Zuckerman, The Enquirer, 20 Sep. 2021 Gretchen Bergman, co-founder and executive director of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing), said that El Cajon residents should join Goble and first responders in having Narcan on hand for emergency situations. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 Yet the pace of change remains frustratingly slow, said Mae Flexer, the executive director of Emerge Connecticut, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for political office. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Anthony Allman, executive director with the nonprofit Vets Advocacy, told The Times last week that resources are available. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The show, directed by Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti and written and executive-produced by Cosmo Carlson, will focus on Rivers' life in her mid-50s after the cancellation of The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers at Fox. Nick Romano, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Orlando Philharmonic executive director Paul Helfrich had previously announced that Jacobsen would be staying in his post until the spring of 2024, with the possibility of an extension through 2025. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Sep. 2021 The reboot was written and executive produced by Sarah Goodman and stars Madison Iseman, Bill Heck, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Bloom. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2021 Falls’ longtime partner, Goodman executive director Roche Schulfer, is to remain at the theater, at least through the transition to a new leader. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 15 Sep. 2021 The series is written and executive produced by Jonathan Igla. Jennifer Yuma, Variety, 13 Sep. 2021 Reclassifying the role as a civilian one would mean accreditation standards won’t be impacted, said RIPAC executive director Christine Crocker, a retired police captain. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Masterpiece is partnering with the UK's ITV and Mammoth Screen for the four-part series, which is written and executive produced by Gwyneth Hughes (Vanity Fair), and directed by Georgia Parris (Mari). Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 9 Sep. 2021 The company relies on Nielsen measurements for less than half of the deals for ads running on a separate, streaming-only property, the executive said. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of executive


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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, From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
2 : relating to the carrying out of the law and the conduct of public affairs the executive branch of government



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



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



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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