a a person or group responsible for the administration of a project, activity, or business
b (as modifier)
executive duties, an executive position
a the branch of government responsible for carrying out laws, decrees, etc.; administration
b any administration
3 having the function or purpose of carrying plans, orders, laws, etc., into practical effect
4 of, relating to, or designed for an executive
the executive suite
5 Informal of the most expensive or exclusive type executive housing, executive class
n an executive in an advertising agency or public relations firm who manages a client's account
n the person with overall responsibility for the efficient running of a company, organization, etc.
n (in Australia and New Zealand) a body consisting of ministers of the Crown presided over by the Governor or Governor-General that formally approves Cabinet decisions, etc.
n a member of the board of directors of a company who is also an employee (usually full-time) of that company and who often has a specified area of responsibility, such as finance or production
1 the second-in-command of any of certain military units
2 a specialist seaman officer, responsible under the captain for the routine efficient running of the ship in the U.S., British (formerly), and certain other navies
n (U.S. government) a session of the Senate for the discussion of executive business, such as the ratification of treaties: formerly held in secret