Translation of authority in Spanish:


autoridad, n.

Pronunciation: /ɔːˈθɒrɪti//əˈθɔrədi/


  • 1

    • 1.1(power)

      autoridad feminine
      they have no respect for authority no respetan la autoridad
      • those in authority los que tienen la autoridad
      • to have authority over sb/sth tener autoridad sobre algn/algo
      • I have no authority in the matter no tengo competencia en el asunto
      • I'm not in a position of authority no tengo autoridad
      • to exercise one's authority ejercer su (/ mi etc. ) autoridad
      • And this fact will, no doubt, be trumpeted as a success by those set in authority over us.
      • Yet the port authority actually has little authority over its constituencies.
      • He lied to his wife and possibly exploited his position of authority over a young intern.
      • The relationship between children and adults is not an equal one, given that adults are physically larger and stronger and have power and authority over them.
      • He was given full authority over everything, including the decision about subpoenaing journalists.
      • A leader who wants power must be prepared to accept decisions made by those in authority whether they are painful or not.
      • His position gave him great authority over whether and how findings of the federally funded studies were disseminated.
      • A ban is a ban and those in authority should act as strictly as they can legally to enforce it.
      • For conformity and submission to exist within a society, there must be a corresponding need to find security in authority and power.
      • Putting him in a position of authority over her was just going to cause problems.
      • There was one particular person who stood out especially since he was in authority and had a position in the church.
      • Each position in the structure has one position directly exercising authority over it.
      • That is vital if soldiers are to trust those in authority over them.
      • Why should children listen to those in authority when those in authority have mistreated them?
      • I don't need to have someone in authority over me telling me what I can and cannot do when it comes to my religion.
      • You may clash with somebody in authority over an important and complex matter in what could turn out to be a difficult period.
      • They have broad constitutional authority over the jurisdiction of the federal courts.
      • There are many jurisdictions claiming authority over the same highways.
      • We have a moral centrality that places us in a position of authority over animals.
      • Somebody in authority issued an explicit order to withdraw.

    • 1.2(authorization)

      autorización feminine
      authority to + inf autorización para + inf
      • he had my authority to do it tenía mi autorización para hacerlo
      • he acted without proper authority actuó sin la debida autorización
      • to exceed one's authority excederse en el ejercicio de sus atribuciones
      • This was a very widely drafted section which in effect made it an offence to disclose any official information without authority.
      • The reason is that it is a fundamental principle that the legislature should not act or expend money without parliamentary authority.
      • No change of the publication regime is planned, his staff discovers, and the officials involved have no authority to issue any print licenses.
      • In fact, the President does not need Congressional authority to respond.
      • This is why I am not reassured when the government offers that judges rather than politicians should give authority for control orders.
      • Liquor and Gaming Authority had ultimate authority to approve and vet every year of their operations and expenditure plan.
      • The accused approached government officials, seeking authority to leave the country.
      • These are agreements and contracts sanctioned by the authority of the state.
      • You said the other night on the show, that the president doesn't need congressional authority to use these military tribunals.
      • Lawyers reportedly told the president that he does not need congressional authority to go to war.
      • Yet when doing so they always sought congressional authority, even if after the fact.
      • And agents do not have permission and have no authority, no jurisdiction to work on Jordanian soil.

    • 1.3(authoritativeness)

      autoridad feminine
      I can speak with some authority on this subject puedo hablar del tema con cierta autoridad
      • his voice carried authority su voz denotaba autoridad
      • the champion played with real authority el campeón jugó con verdadera maestría
      • Speaking with authority, intensity and enthusiasm, Scorsese proves that his greatest passion in life is film.
      • He rose quickly in an army which appreciated his soldierly presence and natural authority.
      • But there is a President who has personal moral authority.
      • Its sales staff, for example, are sent on trips to its holiday destinations so they can talk with authority to potential customers.
      • It is increasingly important that medical experts have real authority and expertise to retain the respect of their colleagues.
      • Not only did he score two excellent goals but he led the line with authority, showing great strength, and his movement into the channels to receive long passes was first class.
      • I don't read any particular columnist religiously so I can't comment with authority on his philosophy.
      • He writes with authority, warmth, wit and infallible scholarship.
      • A woman is permitted to chat or babble, but speaking in public with authority is still the greatest transgression.
      • All I'll say is that the guy did well, he spoke with authority and at the same time, took into consideration the feelings of all concerned.
      • As I write, I cannot say with authority when the bulldozers will move onto the forty three acre site, but expect it to be sooner rather than later.
      • I cannot speak with authority about other branches of government but I can say that the most yawning gaps are in the key areas of policing and security.
      • One man in particular stood out amongst them, standing with authority and giving commands to anyone who came near.
      • He has some grounds to speak with authority about the region.
      • And I think he's somebody who can speak with authority about what that kind of leadership can provide.
      • The five days of the conference will, however, test his confidence and authority to the limit.
      • And even now, as he pushes the case for war, he is still held in high esteem overseas, a man who speaks with authority.
      • But my enthusiasm waned slightly as I began to realise there are only so many colours that can be cited as ‘lucky’ with authority.
      • Nothing is further from the truth, and I write here with authority.
      • I never once questioned the experts' authority or expertise about something I had lived with all my life.
      • She had, as a talker, great force and the personal authority of someone whose opinions matter first of all to themselves and then to others.

  • 2

    (person, body)
    autoridad feminine
    I will pass on your complaint to the proper authority/ authorities haré llegar su queja a la(s) autoridad(es) competente(s)
    • the education authority distrito escolar y autoridades correspondientes
    • the council is a government authority set up to … el concejo es una entidad gubernamental creada para …
    • she was detained by the Belgian authorities fue detenida por las autoridades belgas
    • the museum authorities la dirección del museo
  • 3

    • 3.1(expert)

      autoridad feminine
      authority on sth autoridad en algo
      • he is an authority on the subject es una autoridad en la materia
      • Names are so hard to get right - and he is an authority on the subject.
      • The early Dissenters and Separatists of the late 15th century were his specialist study, and he became an authority on this subject.
      • Luckily, as an internet writer, I am an authority on this subject, and for once I don't mean that sarcastically.
      • I am an authority on the self-delusion of addiction.
      • I also hate it when anyone claims to be an authority on culture.
      • Peter loved jazz and also was quite an authority on that subject.
      • She has been 6 years with this work and is clearly now an authority on the subject.
      • From his undergraduate days he had been recognised as an authority on any abstract subject, and his directness of approach and candour were an inspiration to his associates.
      • He was something of an authority on its history, and was keen to share his knowledge with those wanting to learn.
      • He is a local celebrity, and an authority on military history.
      • He was an authority on the history of Stamford and he lectured locally about the town.
      • Nevertheless, I feel quite confident in my ability to speak as an authority on the subject.
      • He was an authority on English and American literature with a special interest in drama.
      • He was an expert in his area, and quite an authority on Buddhist history.
      • I am still learning about this, so I am not an authority on feminist intellectualism.
      • My interest in the form developed late and I make no claim to being an authority on the subject.
      • Betty was also an avid reader and became an authority on Irish and local history, and family genealogy.
      • Fortunately, the auctioneer recognised its importance and sought expert advice from an authority on Elizabethan instruments.
      • He is an authority on medieval heraldry and a professor of history at the Sorbonne.
      • What's more, I'm scarcely an authority on grammar, and I can hardly type.

    • 3.2(source)

      autoridad feminine
      my authority for (saying) this is the Bible itself me baso en la propia Biblia
      • to have sth on good authority saber algo de buena fuente
      • I have it on the best authority that … sé de la mejor de las fuentes que …
      • I have it on his own authority that … él mismo me ha dicho que …
      • Finally, it should be noted that it is not irrelevant to cite an authority to support a claim one is not competent to judge.
      • Your statements of law should be backed up by reference to authorities, statute or case law.
      • In my judgment the authorities support this conclusion which I have reached in principle.
      • Changes of this sort would, I feel, help to establish the book as an important authority in this crucial and fast-changing field.
      • He was not able to produce any authority in support of his proposition.
      • No authority is cited in support of the premise that the category of ‘all birds’ is somehow constitutionally suspect.
      • None of the books quotes any sources or authorities for its statements, and all have pathetic indexes.
      • No authority was cited in support of a tariff claim for travel of counsel, accommodation or food.