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au·thor

 (ô′thər)
n.
1.
a. The writer of a book, article, or other text.
b. One who practices writing as a profession.
2. One who writes or constructs an electronic document or system, such as a website.
3. An originator or creator, as of a theory or plan.
4. Author God.
tr.v. au·thored, au·thor·ing, au·thors
1. Usage Problem To write or be the author of (a published text).
2. To write or construct (an electronic document or system): authored the company's website.

[Alteration (influenced by authentic, authoritative, and other technical terms of Greek origin spelled with th) of Middle English auctour, autor, from Old French auctur, autor, from Latin auctor, creator, from auctus, past participle of augēre, to create; see aug- in Indo-European roots.]

au·thor′i·al (ô-thôr′ē-əl, ô-thŏr′-) adj.
Usage Note: The verb author has been criticized for its transitive use as an unnecessary or pretentious synonym of write, though note that it typically refers to the writing of material that has been published—and not to unpublished texts such as love letters or diaries. So the two words are not exact synonyms. The Usage Panel has tended to sympathize with the traditional view, but this sympathy has been slowly eroding over the decades. In 1964, 81 percent of the Panel found the verb unacceptable in writing. In our 1988 survey, 74 percent rejected it in the sentence He has authored a dozen books on the subject. In 2001, the proportion of Panelists who rejected this same sentence fell to 60 percent. · Journalists frequently use the verb author to apply to the creation or sponsoring of legislative acts, as in The senator authored a bill limiting uses of desert lands in California. In these cases the lawmaker may not have actually written the bill that bears his or her name but rather promoted its idea and passage. While the Panelists were a bit more tolerant of this legislative usage, the nays still have the slightest edge, with 51 percent rejecting the previously quoted sentence in 2001, down from 64 percent in 1988. This suggests that the verb will eventually be accepted by most people.

author

(ˈɔːθə)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who composes a book, article, or other written work.
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who writes books as a profession; writer
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the writings of such a person: reviewing a postwar author.
4. an originator or creator: the author of this plan.
vb (tr)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to write or originate
[C14: from Old French autor, from Latin auctor author, from augēre to increase]
authorial adj

au•thor

(ˈɔ θər)

n.
1. the composer of a literary work; writer.
2. the literature produced by a writer: to edit an author.
3. the maker of anything; creator; originator: the author of a new tax plan.
4. Computers. the writer of a software program, esp. a hypertext or multimedia application.
v.t.
5. to be the author of.
[1250–1300; earlier auct(h)or, Middle English auto(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin auctor writer, progenitor <augēre to increase, augment]
au•tho•ri•al (ɔˈθɔr i əl, ɔˈθoʊr-) adj.

author


Past participle: authored
Gerund: authoring

Imperative
author
author
Present
I author
you author
he/she/it authors
we author
you author
they author
Preterite
I authored
you authored
he/she/it authored
we authored
you authored
they authored
Present Continuous
I am authoring
you are authoring
he/she/it is authoring
we are authoring
you are authoring
they are authoring
Present Perfect
I have authored
you have authored
he/she/it has authored
we have authored
you have authored
they have authored
Past Continuous
I was authoring
you were authoring
he/she/it was authoring
we were authoring
you were authoring
they were authoring
Past Perfect
I had authored
you had authored
he/she/it had authored
we had authored
you had authored
they had authored
Future
I will author
you will author
he/she/it will author
we will author
you will author
they will author
Future Perfect
I will have authored
you will have authored
he/she/it will have authored
we will have authored
you will have authored
they will have authored
Future Continuous
I will be authoring
you will be authoring
he/she/it will be authoring
we will be authoring
you will be authoring
they will be authoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been authoring
you have been authoring
he/she/it has been authoring
we have been authoring
you have been authoring
they have been authoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been authoring
you will have been authoring
he/she/it will have been authoring
we will have been authoring
you will have been authoring
they will have been authoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been authoring
you had been authoring
he/she/it had been authoring
we had been authoring
you had been authoring
they had been authoring
Conditional
I would author
you would author
he/she/it would author
we would author
you would author
they would author
Past Conditional
I would have authored
you would have authored
he/she/it would have authored
we would have authored
you would have authored
they would have authored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.author - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)author - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
communicator - a person who communicates with others
abstracter, abstractor - one who makes abstracts or summarizes information
alliterator - a speaker or writer who makes use of alliteration
authoress - a woman author
biographer - someone who writes an account of a person's life
coauthor, joint author - a writer who collaborates with others in writing something
commentator, reviewer - a writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
compiler - a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)
contributor - a writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book
cyberpunk - a writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
drafter - a writer of a draft
dramatist, playwright - someone who writes plays
essayist, litterateur - a writer of literary works
folk writer - a writer of folktales
framer - someone who writes a new law or plan; "the framers of the Constitution"
gagster, gagwriter, gagman - someone who writes comic material for public performers
ghostwriter, ghost - a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
Gothic romancer - a writer of Gothic romances
hack writer, literary hack, hack - a mediocre and disdained writer
journalist - a writer for newspapers and magazines
librettist - author of words to be set to music in an opera or operetta
lyricist, lyrist - a person who writes the words for songs
novelist - one who writes novels
pamphleteer - a writer of pamphlets (usually taking a partisan stand on public issues)
paragrapher - a writer of paragraphs (as for publication on the editorial page of a newspaper)
poet - a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
polemic, polemicist, polemist - a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
poetiser, poetizer, rhymer, rhymester, versifier - a writer who composes rhymes; a maker of poor verses (usually used as terms of contempt for minor or inferior poets)
scenarist - a writer of screenplays
scriptwriter - someone who writes scripts for plays or movies or broadcast dramas
space writer - a writer paid by the area of the copy
speechwriter - a writer who composes speeches for others to deliver
tragedian - a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies
wordmonger - a writer who uses language carelessly or pretentiously with little regard for meaning
word-painter - a writer of vivid or graphic descriptive power
wordsmith - a fluent and prolific writer
2.author - someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
coiner - someone who is a source of new words or new expressions
maker, shaper - a person who makes things
Verb1.author - be the author ofauthor - be the author of; "She authored this play"
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
indite, pen, write, compose - produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
co-author - be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
ghostwrite, ghost - write for someone else; "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"

author

noun
1. writer, composer, novelist, hack, creator, columnist, scribbler, scribe, essayist, wordsmith, penpusher, littérateur, man or woman of letters She's the author of the book 'Give your Child Music'.
Related words
adjective auctorial
Quotations
"There is probably no hell for authors in the next world - they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this" [C.N. Bovee]

author

noun
One that creates, founds, or originates:
Translations
كاتِب، مُؤلِّفمُؤَلِّف
autor
forfatterskribent
kirjailijakirjoittaa
autorautorica
szerzõszerző
höfundurrithöfundur
著者
저자작가
autoriusautorystė
autors
autor
avtorpisec
författareförfatta
นักประพันธ์
tác giả

author

[ˈɔːθəʳ]
A. N
1. (= writer) → autor(a) m/f
author! author! (Theat) → ¡que salga el autor!
author's copy (signed by author) → ejemplar m autógrafo; (belonging to author) → ejemplar m del autor
2. (fig) [of plan, trouble etc] → autor(a) m/f, creador(a) m/f
B. VT (esp Brit) → escribir, componer

author

[ˈɔːθər] nauteur (auteure)mf
She's a famous author → C'est un auteur connu., C'est une auteur connue., C'est une auteure connue.

author

n (profession) → Autor(in) m(f), → Schriftsteller(in) m(f); (of report, pamphlet)Verfasser(in) m(f); (fig)Urheber(in) m(f); (of plan)Initiator(in) m(f); the author of the bookder Autor/die Autorin des Buches; author’s copyAutorenexemplar nt

author

[ˈɔːθəʳ] nautore/trice

author

(ˈoːθə) feminine sometimes ˈauthoress noun
the writer of a book, article, play etc. He used to be a well-known author but his books are out of print now.
ˈauthorship noun
the state or fact of being an author.

author

مُؤَلِّف autor forfatter Autor συγγραφέας autor kirjailija auteur autor autore 著者 저자 auteur forfatter autor autor автор författare นักประพันธ์ yazar tác giả 作者
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