executiveex‧ec‧u‧tive1 /ɪɡˈzekjətɪv/ ●●○W3 noun [countable]1BOMANAGERa manager in an organization or company who helps make important decisionsa marketing executivesenior/top executivetop executives on high salaries →Chief Executive2 →the executive3PGSSO British English a group of people who are in charge of an organization and make the rulesthe union’s executive
executiveexecutive2 ●●○ adjective [only before noun]1DECIDErelating to the job of managing a business or organization and making decisionsa commission with executive powersexecutive body/committee etc (=a group of people who have the power to make decisions)2BBCMANAGERfor the use of people who have important jobs in a companythe executive dining-room3EXPENSIVEexpensive and designed for people who earn a lot of moneyexecutive cars/homes etcexecutive toys (=objects to play with at work)
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executive• Determine how skills can be obtained and take executiveaction either to recruit or to developexistingstaff.• Howard Patrick, executiveadministrator of CannonCounty, has been determined to turn things around.• In the twentieth century, however, presidents had increasingly made use of executiveagreements as instruments of foreignpolicy.• an executivecommittee• While productivity, profits, executive pay and the stock market keep going up, workers' incomes keep going down.• Robert Altman is one of its executiveproducers.• I conductexecutivesearches for senior-level management, so I know a fairbit about how these companies are managed.• We have too many executivesessions and conferences and retreats.• The accounts also provide details of the gains so far on executive share options in the merged company.• the executivewashroomexecutive powers• The council would assume legislative, judicial and executive powers.• Only a Legal Service Commission with executive powers could do the necessaryresearch and co-ordination job.• In the past few days Mr Delors has signalled his determination to boost the executive powers held by Brussels.• There is also a nationaladvisory body, without executive powers, the Bishops' Committee on ChurchMusic.• On Oct. 30 Yeltsin made an appeal for stronger executive powers to implement his economic reforms.• The concentration of executive powers was a leading source of criticism heard by the delegation.• Elections to district assemblies with executive powers were held in December 1988 and January and February 1989.executive cars/homes etc• Six spaciousexecutive homes by Berkeley at Brightwell near Wallingford have also been well received by early visitors to the site.• The main reason is that most executive cars in Britain are bought by companies for their managers and directors.• The company, best known for its executive homes, is diversifying into mixed-use sites on brownfield land.From Longman Business Dictionaryexecutiveex‧ec‧u‧tive1 /ɪgˈzekjətɪv/ noun [countable]1JOBsomeone who has an important job as a manager in a company or businessShe is Scottish Power’s most senior woman executive.a senior executive with a major pharmaceuticals companyOne of the BBC’s top executives was working under a freelance contract. → see alsoActive Corps of Executives →account executive →advertising executive →chief executive →legal executive2the executive the part of a government responsible for taking decisions on policy, running the government etc, rather than for making lawsan audit on behalf of both the legislative and the executive3a government organization responsible for deciding policy and taking decisions to do with one particular thing →Health and Safety Executive4the group of people in a political organization, society etc that make the rules and make sure that they work in the way that was plannedThe executive deferred a decision on his future until mid-January.a meeting of the Labour Party executive →national executiveexecutiveexecutive2 adjective [only before a noun]1connected with making decisions and managing and organizing things, especially within a company or governmentSome of the members of the executive board decided to rethink the organizational culture.When he reached the company’s retirement age of 60, he decided to give up his executive duties.the legislative and executive functions of government2for the use of people who have important jobs in the management of a company or businessThe Falcon 20 is one of the most versatile executive jets (=small jet planes for the use of a company’s top managers) flying in the world today.the executive lounge at Heathrow airportthe executive dining room3expensive and designed for people who earn a lot of moneyFor an executive car, the BMW’s depreciation is relatively low.