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Author (n.) The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.
Author (n.) One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler.
Author (n.) The editor of a periodical.
Author (n.) An informant.
Author (v. t.) To occasion; to originate.
Author (v. t.) To tell; to say; to declare.