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author

au·thor

author

 
pronunciation:
aw thr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the writer of a book, play, story, or the like.
Praised for her writing in her youth, she hoped to become an author of detective novels one day.The author was disappointed that his play received mixed reviews.
synonyms:
writer
similar words:
chronicler, composer, dramatist, essayist, hack, journalist, littérateur, man of letters, novelist, penman, playwright, poet, scribbler, storyteller, wordsmith
definition 2: the creator of a plan or work.
The author of this grand scheme to build a canal was the duke himself.The police are still seeking the author of the assassination attempt on the governor.
synonyms:
creator, originator
similar words:
architect, artist, inventor, maker
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: authored, authoring, authors
definition: to be the author of; create; make.
John Adams, the second President of the United States, authored the Massachusetts Constitution.The Nazis authored a plan to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe.
synonyms:
create, produce
similar words:
compose, contribute, make, originate, write
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Word Parts
The word author contains the following part:
-er, -or, -ar2 Latin noun-forming suffix that means a person or thing that does
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The suffix group -er , -or , -ar2 turns verbs into agent nouns.
synonyms:
-ist, -ite2, -ator, -an, -ian, -ean