[ aw-ther-ing ]
/ ˈɔ θər ɪŋ /

noun Computers.

the writing of an electronic document or software program, especially a hypertext or multimedia application (often used attributively): the best authoring tools for creating your own website.

Definition for authoring (2 of 2)


[ aw-ther ]
/ ˈɔ θər /


a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
the literary production or productions of a writer: to find a passage in an author.
the maker of anything; creator; originator: the author of a new tax plan.
Computers. the writer of a software program, especially a hypertext or multimedia application.

verb (used with object)

to write; be the author of: He authored a history of the Civil War.
to originate; create a design for: She authored a new system for teaching chemistry.

Origin of author

1250–1300; earlier auct(h)or < Latin auctor writer, progenitor, equivalent to aug(ēre) to increase, augment + -tor -tor; replacing Middle English auto(u)r < Anglo-French, for Old French autor < Latin, as above

Related forms

au·tho·ri·al [aw-thawr-ee-uh l, aw-thohr-] /ɔˈθɔr i əl, ɔˈθoʊr-/, adjectiveau·thor·less, adjectivemul·ti·au·thored, adjectivepro·au·thor, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for authoring

  • He boasts of authoring “numerous” GPS patents and filing 47 trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    The Bully Waging War Against Bullies|Lizzie Crocker|October 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • And yet the game did not quite make you feel as though you were authoring your own history, as previous Civilization games had.

  • Yes, isn't it strange that her "authoring" seemed to fall off after her first book—or that it failed to improve, at least?

    Creditors; Pariah|August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for authoring (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɔːθərɪŋ) /


  1. the creation of documents, esp multimedia documents
  2. (as modifier)an authoring tool

British Dictionary definitions for authoring (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɔːθə) /


a person who composes a book, article, or other written workRelated adjective: auctorial
a person who writes books as a profession; writer
the writings of such a personreviewing a postwar author
an originator or creatorthe author of this plan

verb (tr)

to write or originate

Derived Forms

authorial (ɔːˈθɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for author

C14: from Old French autor, from Latin auctor author, from augēre to increase
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