An executive is a powerful person who is responsible for making things run smoothly. If you become an executive, you might be in charge of an organization, a business, or even an entire country.

The executive of a company has the best office and works on ways to make their business more successful. The Medieval Latin root of executive is exsequi, which means “carry out,” and so an executive carries out plans and actions. Executive is also an adjective that describes having the power to make decisions. The president of the United States is the executive branch of the government and is responsible for executing laws that will improve the country for its citizens.

Definitions of executive

n a person responsible for the administration of a business

executive director
(Old Testament) the minister of the Persian emperor who hated the Jews and was hanged for plotting to massacre them
Albert Gore Jr.
Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
Ahmed Zoki Yamani
Saudi Arabian minister of petroleum who was a central figure in the creation of OPEC (born in 1930)
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business executive, corporate executive
an executive in a business corporation
government minister, minister
a person appointed to a high office in the government
executive who is very successful in bringing in business to his company or firm
Surgeon General
the head of the United States Public Health Service
V.P., vice president
an executive officer ranking immediately below a president; may serve in the president's place under certain circumstances
cabinet minister
a person who is a member of the cabinet
chairman of the board
the chairman of the board of directors of a corporation
CEO, chief executive officer, chief operating officer
the corporate executive responsible for the operations of the firm; reports to a board of directors; may appoint other managers (including a president)
CFO, chief financial officer
the corporate executive having financial authority to make appropriations and authorize expenditures for a firm
executive vice president
a vice president holding executive power
finance minister, minister of finance
the minister responsible for state finances
foreign minister, secretary of state
a government minister for foreign relations
an officer of a corporation or others who have access to private information about the corporation's operations
an executive officer of a firm or corporation
senior vice president
the ranking vice president in a firm that has more than one
Vice President of the United States
the vice president of the United States who presides over the United States Senate
Type of:
administrator, decision maker
someone who administers a business

n someone who manages a government agency or department

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
British colonial administrator who founded Singapore (1781-1826)
Petrus Stuyvesant
the last Dutch colonial administrator of New Netherland; in 1664 he was forced to surrender the colony to England (1592-1672)
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a government administrator
DCI, Director of Central Intelligence
the head of the United States Intelligence Community and director of the Central Intelligence Agency
a chief officer or chief magistrate
Secretary General
a person who is a chief administrator (as of the United Nations)
one of a group of three sharing public administration or civil authority especially in ancient Rome
bank commissioner
a commissioner appointed to supervise banks; a state superintendent of banks
housing commissioner
a commissioner in charge of public housing
park commissioner
a commissioner in charge of public parks
police commissioner
a civil commissioner appointed to supervise the duties and discipline of the police
Type of:
chief, head, top dog
a person who is in charge

n persons who administer the law

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Bush administration
the executive under President George W. Bush
Clinton administration
the executive under President Clinton
Bush administration
the executive under President George H. W. Bush
Reagan administration
the executive under President Reagan
Carter administration
the executive under President Carter
Type of:
administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

adj having the function of carrying out plans, orders, etc.

“the executive branch”

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