Definition of executive in English:



  • 1attributive Relating to or having the power to put plans or actions into effect.

    ‘an executive chairman’
    ‘executive authority’
    • ‘The new executive committee has, unlike the old, a majority of his supporters.’
    • ‘EasyJet founder and former executive chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou planned the acquisition to rapidly grow the airline.’
    • ‘Neugebauer continued as editor of Mathematical Reviews until 1945 when a full-time executive editor was appointed.’
    • ‘In 1999, several veteran senior managers left, including Martin Neath, formerly executive vice president.’
    • ‘He also serves as executive producer, while Tom Cruise is listed among the producers.’
    • ‘Currently, the representatives receive a monthly stipend of $400, while executive officers earn $1,250 per month.’
    • ‘The younger officer turned sharply on his heel to lead the new executive officer from the shuttle bay.’
    • ‘He is hinting that he will step back from executive duties and allow other managers to run the show.’
    • ‘He is now executive chef at the five-star Outrigger Fiji, running five restaurants and a kitchen team of 75.’
    • ‘He was a full-time executive chairman and permanent secretary.’
    • ‘The new chairman John Brady said that all matters would be considered and worked on by the new executive committee.’
    • ‘The appointment of the former executive chairman of Aggreko, the power generator rentals company, was well received by analysts.’
    • ‘Feller became the first executive editor of Mathematical Reviews which was set up at this time.’
    • ‘Now executive chairman of technology firm Connect Global Solutions, he is on the other side of the fence.’
    • ‘A number of people were unhappy that the executive board got powers which were previously the province of the general committee.’
    • ‘Managers make key executive decisions about the running of companies and they are answerable to a board of directors.’
    • ‘With Vasquez as executive producer, the series premiered in March 2001 on Nickelodeon.’
    • ‘Stern is now executive vice president of business development.’
    • ‘Ms. Torres, who was formerly executive chef at Rocking Horse, cooks in a similarly dramatic style.’
    • ‘He has donned varied roles such as executive producer, playwright and screen writer.’
    administrative, decision-making, directorial, directing, controlling, managerial
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    1. 1.1 Denoting or relating to the part of a political administration with responsibility for putting into effect laws drawn up by the legislature.
      ‘the executive branch of government’
      Often contrasted with legislative
      • ‘During that period fifteen different and greatly distinguished citizens have, in succession, administered the executive branch of the government.’
      • ‘Hayes asserted executive power through his appointments and in general upheld the authority of the presidency.’
      • ‘From the Council of State is chosen the Council of Ministers, who have direct administrative responsibility for the executive departments.’
      • ‘But with few executive powers proposed for the assemblies, the Deputy PM has been accused by the Tories of offering little more than expensive talking shops.’
      • ‘At such a time, the attempt to apportion blame and responsibility between the political and executive levels of government becomes artificial and obsolete.’
      • ‘South Korea's government has an elected legislature and a strong executive branch.’
      • ‘In general, the government's ability to conduct surveillance on Americans has been expanded, and checks and balances on executive power have been reduced.’
      • ‘The executive responsibility lies with him, and with his relevant offices.’
      • ‘In the coming months and years, the locus of political struggle will lie between the executive branch and the legislature.’
      • ‘The result was a federal government in which Republicans control both the executive and legislative branches.’
      • ‘He accepted that his plan for control orders was a substantial increase in the executive powers of the state.’
      • ‘It is a disgrace in political terms, because it calls into contempt the very idea of political and executive accountability.’
      • ‘It would involve a flagrantly illegal and unconstitutional intervention by the executive branch into the affairs of the legislature.’
      • ‘The EU does not have separate legislative and executive branches to speak of.’
      • ‘There are also significant structural impediments to presidential control of the executive branch of government.’
      • ‘The new cabinet, though it lacks experience of executive power, has obviously learned the old knacks of governing.’
      • ‘The new ministers left contradictory feelings behind them after their first public appearances as representatives of the executive power.’
      • ‘The Cabinet and its members fuse political and executive functions.’
      • ‘The adoption of a budget is the principal means by which Congress holds the executive branch to account.’
      • ‘The company now faces antitrust investigation by the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union.’


  • 1A person with senior managerial responsibility in a business.

    ‘account executives’
    ‘the chief executive’
    • ‘Cliff's experiences are echoed by the wife of a former senior executive at a hi-tech firm.’
    • ‘He should hold junk food and advertising executives accountable for their role in promoting obesity and disease throughout the globe.’
    • ‘According to one industry marketing executive, several people said that they weren't going to attend both shows.’
    • ‘Look at the structure of the typical senior executive's share option scheme.’
    • ‘Usually you will need to get access through top management/senior executives.’
    • ‘Lord Marshall, the airline's chairman, will be acting chief executive until a successor is found.’
    • ‘If you're the chief executive or managing director of a small or medium-sized company, have you asked your IT guy this specific question?’
    • ‘Did the chief executive ask the senior manager whether such cash payments had been received?’
    • ‘In my case, as a professional, my mothering instincts overcame my desire to become a high-flying business executive.’
    • ‘He must be the only chief executive of a public limited company in Ireland to sit in open plan space.’
    • ‘Upon completion, trainees are relocated based on business needs and become either account executives or operation managers.’
    • ‘A noted local business executive with significant retail responsibility once told me that he does not exhibit.’
    • ‘As for Dudley, the 33-year-old is an executive with Artistic Control Management.’
    • ‘Investigators staged dawn raids on the homes and offices of senior executives.’
    • ‘Every once in a while, top corporate executives are actually made to pay for doing something not so smart.’
    • ‘As a customer, you know more about the way many businesses work than the executives and managers running them.’
    • ‘A senior pharmaceutical company executive says estimates of the prevalence of diseases are often exaggerated.’
    • ‘Ultimately the power to take action resides with senior managers and particularly the chief executive.’
    • ‘Trafford council has now appointed an interim chief executive.’
    • ‘Her first job will be to appoint a chief executive of the trust.’
    chief, head, principal, senior official, senior manager, senior administrator
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    1. 1.1as modifier Suitable for a senior business executive.
      ‘an executive house’
      • ‘This cult of violent revolution is not limited to creative types; it reaches into avant-garde executive suites.’
      • ‘The Pentagon will lease six Gulfstream V executive jets so the big shots can fly high.’
      • ‘A new business executive aviation terminal will be built offering first class facilities for business and general aviation.’
      • ‘And most would start to prepare by polishing up their CV and renewing their contacts with executive recruitment companies.’
      • ‘It was February, and I'd driven from Derbyshire down to Heathrow to catch the IBM executive jet.’
      • ‘Having been pushed so far back as to be deprived of his place in the company's executive suite, he vowed to return to his entrepreneurial roots.’
      • ‘A few women have pushed their way into the boardrooms and executive suites of big companies.’
      • ‘The company announced a plan to limit executive severance pay.’
      • ‘Black had two executive jets to whisk him to homes and hotels in New York, Toronto, Tel Aviv or Palm Beach.’
      • ‘There's not much similarity in the systems required to run say an executive pension plan and a retail with-profits bond.’
      • ‘Further work will include a refurbished lecture theatre and new executive suite.’
      • ‘A millionaire who failed to save a wallpaper factory is planning to build an executive housing estate on the site.’
      • ‘Plans for apartments, executive homes and a woodland visitor centre have been put forward by developers.’
      • ‘Eighteen executive bedroom suites have been included ready for this new year.’
      • ‘Instead, because of the financial plight of the club after relegation, Mr Tueart was allowed by the ex-chairman to use an executive box.’
      • ‘His Gulfstream executive jet keeps it company in the parking lot at his house.’
      • ‘He argued that yes, executive salaries are exorbitant but you have to pay what someone would get in America, otherwise you're not going to get them or keep them.’
      • ‘And it is this figure that should provide the link between business performance and executive compensation.’
      • ‘It is planning to buy an executive box for next season which it would use to host guests from businesses and schools and showcase what the club has to offer.’
      • ‘Within hours of the court's announcement, the child was on a Lear executive jet back to Cuba with his father, who lives there.’
    2. 1.2 An executive committee or other body within an organization.
      ‘the union executive’
      • ‘St Angela's College has a union executive of six elected members who work part-time, and don't get paid, unlike other institutes.’
      • ‘The plans, including financial and legal aspects, will be put before the council's ruling executive on Tuesday.’
      • ‘The union's executive decided this week to delay calling strikes until after further meetings with the companies on Friday.’
      • ‘Mr Brown, who has been suspended from his job of general secretary, said he would defend all the charges put to him by the executive of the union.’
      • ‘This is Cllr Lacey's first time on the executive, a body which is charged with the administration of all aspects of party business.’
      • ‘The union executive spent the weekend consulting local officials and individual firemen and women to gauge their mood.’
      • ‘Previously the Labour manifesto was agreed solely by the national executive and parliamentary committee.’
      • ‘Public unity within the DUP executive is holding - but only by a fingernail.’
      • ‘The union executive meets today ahead of a recalled national conference in Brighton next week which could endorse fresh walkouts.’
      • ‘It is thought likely that the council will consider the matter through one of its scrutiny committees or through its executive.’
      • ‘A left wing national executive have just been elected to run the union.’
      • ‘At one university, the top facility executive is on good terms with top managers and with deans.’
      • ‘The managing directors of the subsidiary organizations felt that the management executive would never see it their way, and would continue to cut their budgets.’
      • ‘The county executive meets within the week to consider the situation, with power to make a nomination of its own.’
      • ‘True, he served on the executive of the 1922 committee until the election and has voted consistently against the extension of gay rights.’
      • ‘The education and library service scrutiny committee has urged the executive to scrap the idea as a waste of resources.’
      • ‘She also paid tribute to everyone who contributed to the day to day running of the club, the executive, committee, trainers, parents and players.’
      • ‘This final provocation let the central executive to proscribe the committee on 21 September 1956.’
      • ‘Far-Left NUT members will tomorrow try to commit their executive to urging other teacher unions to ballot their members on a boycott.’
      • ‘But he added that there was still ‘some distance’ from any proposed deal he could recommend to his union executive.’
      administration, leadership, management, directorate, directors
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  • 2the executiveThe branch of a government responsible for putting decisions or laws into effect.

    • ‘Judges hardly interfered with decisions of the executive, and the judiciary and the government had a cozy relationship.’
    • ‘One reliable political insider said he fully expected the executive to collapse within days but that it was going to happen anyway in January.’
    • ‘It reviews the decision of the executive to see if it was permitted by law - in this instance the Human Rights Act.’
    • ‘We are taught that there are three arms of government - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary - but it is useful to remember a fourth.’
    • ‘The point is that he is a member of the executive - a Cabinet Minister - and he is bound by collective responsibility.’
    • ‘The data is extremely thin, and there's generally too many things going on to isolate the effect of the executive.’
    • ‘This is a legitimate dispute between the executive and the legislative branch of government.’
    • ‘The basic objection to the form of pre-charter borough governments was that the executive was responsible to the king rather than to the community.’
    • ‘The Scottish executive said it remained committed to the policy.’
    • ‘It has been accused on several occasions of trying to become a kind of shadow cabinet that would influence the decisions of the executive.’
    • ‘Of course, a handful of formal consultative processes will not democratize policy formation within the executive.’
    • ‘With the official Opposition almost impotent, the country needs strong, Labour-led committees to keep the executive to account.’
    • ‘If we look at what this bill is to do, we see that it will allow by Order in Council the executive to make the decisions about merging.’
    • ‘For example, responsible government requires that the executive be responsible to parliament.’
    • ‘They can also make submissions on the operations of the executive through these parliamentary committees.’
    • ‘Splitting the executive between a weak president and a prime minister has a better chance of sustaining democracy in the country.’
    • ‘It will simply be the Minister and the executive by Order in Council, and I am concerned about that.’
    • ‘There is more to a healthy economy and democracy than purging the executive, the legislature and local councils and governments every electoral cycle.’
    • ‘It is a federalist constitution which recognizes three branches of government: the executive, legislative, and judicial.’
    • ‘The Government, the executive, is meant to bring a bill to the Parliament.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin executivus, from exsequi (see execute).