verb (used with object)
- author catalog,
- author's alteration,
Origin of author
Examples from the Web for author
The Amazon biography for an author named Papa Faal mentions both Gambia and lists a military record that matches the FBI report.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Author J.K. Rowling says all religions are present at her beloved wizard school—except Wiccans.
E.J. Graff, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, is the author of What Is Marriage For?The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I resisted it, though I was immediately told by someone in the group that the author reminded him of me.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is the author of Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press).ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jacob was the author both of commentaries and of scholia on the sacred books; of these specimens are given by Assemani and Wright.
Whether the former gives a dryer product or not, the author cannot decide.Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel|Samuel William Johnson
He is even the author of a work aimed deliberately at us, and entitled Der Tug.
The author was the most delightful and entertaining of literary men of our time, Mr. James Payn.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Harry Furniss
Here is the same error, and the author may live to correct it.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
Word Origin for author
c.1300, autor "father," from Old French auctor, acteor "author, originator, creator, instigator (12c., Modern French auteur), from Latin auctorem (nominative auctor) "enlarger, founder, master, leader," literally "one who causes to grow," agent noun from auctus, past participle of augere "to increase" (see augment). Meaning "one who sets forth written statements" is from late 14c. The -t- changed to -th- 16c. on mistaken assumption of Greek origin.
...[W]riting means revealing onesself to excess .... This is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why even night is not night enough. ... I have often thought that the best mode of life for me would be to sit in the innermost room of a spacious locked cellar with my writing things and a lamp. Food would be brought and always put down far away from my room, outside the cellar's outermost door. The walk to my food, in my dressing gown, through the vaulted cellars, would be my only exercise. I would then return to my table, eat slowly and with deliberation, then start writing again at once. And how I would write! From what depths I would drag it up! [Franz Kafka]
1590s, from author (n.). Revived 1940s, chiefly U.S. Related: Authored; authoring.