Meaning of EXECUTIVE in English

/ ɪgˈzekjətɪv; NAmE / noun , adjective

■ noun


[ C ] a person who has an important job as a manager of a company or an organization :

advertising / business / sales, etc. executives

a chief / senior / top executive in a computer firm


[ C +sing./pl. v . ] a group of people who run a company or an organization :

The union's executive has / have yet to reach a decision.


the executive [ sing.+ sing./pl. v . ] the part of a government responsible for putting laws into effect

—compare judiciary , legislature

■ adjective [ only before noun ]


connected with managing a business or an organization, and with making plans and decisions :

She has an executive position in a finance company.

executive decisions / duties / jobs / positions

the executive dining room


having the power to put important laws and decisions into effect :

executive authority

an executive board / body / committee / officer

Executive power is held by the president.


expensive; for the use of sb who is considered important :

an executive car / home

an executive suite (= in a hotel)

an executive lounge (= at an airport)



late Middle English : from medieval Latin executivus , from exsequi , from ex- out + sequi follow.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.