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
  1. noun
    a person responsible for the administration of a business
    synonyms: executive director
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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
    an executive who is very successful at bringing in business to a 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
  2. noun
    someone who manages a government agency or department
    synonyms: administrator
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    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
  3. noun
    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
  4. adjective
    having the function of carrying out plans, orders, etc.
    “the executive branch”
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