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English adjective: executive

1. executive having the function of carrying out plans or orders etc.

SamplesThe executive branch.

English noun: executive

1. executive (person) a person responsible for the administration of a business

Synonymsexecutive director

Broader (hypernym)administrator, decision maker

Narrower (hyponym)business executive, corporate executive, government minister, minister, rainmaker, Surgeon General, V.P., vice president

2. executive (group) persons who administer the law

Broader (hypernym)administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)Bush administration, Bush administration, Carter administration, Clinton administration, Reagan administration

Member meronymauthorities, government, regime

3. executive (person) someone who manages a government agency or department


Broader (hypernym)chief, head, top dog

Narrower (hyponym)commissioner, DCI, Director of Central Intelligence, prefect, Secretary General, triumvir

Instance hyponymPeter Stuyvesant, Petrus Stuyvesant, Raffles, Sir Thomas Raffles, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Stuyvesant

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