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noun [countable] author pronunciation in American English /ˈɔθər/
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  1. 1
    someone who writes books, articles, etc., especially as their job
    Nobel Prize winning author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  2. 2
    formal the person who is responsible for something
    Wray was the author of his own misfortune.


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