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authorize

verb au·tho·rize \ˈ-thə-ˌrīz\

: to give power or permission to (someone or something)

: to give legal or official approval to or for (something)

au·tho·rizedau·tho·riz·ing

Full Definition of AUTHORIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to establish by or as if by authority :  sanction <a custom authorized by time>
2
:  to invest especially with legal authority :  empower <authorized to act for her husband>
3
archaic :  justify 1a
au·tho·riz·er noun
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Examples of AUTHORIZE

  1. The city council authorized the sale of the land.
  2. Who authorized the transfer of the funds?

First Known Use of AUTHORIZE

14th century

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AUTHORIZE Defined for Kids

authorize

verb au·tho·rize \ˈ-thə-ˌrīz\
au·tho·rizedau·tho·riz·ing

Definition of AUTHORIZE for Kids

1
:  to give power to :  give authority to <Their guardian is authorized to act for them.>
2
:  to give legal or official approval to <Who authorized the closing of school?>

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