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authorize

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verb, au·tho·rize \ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz\

Simple Definition of authorize

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of authorize

authorizedauthorizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to establish by or as if by authority :  sanction <a custom authorized by time>

  3. 2 :  to invest especially with legal authority :  empower <authorized to act for her husband>

  4. 3 archaic :  justify 1a

authorizer noun

Examples of authorize in a sentence

  1. The city council authorized the sale of the land.

  2. Who authorized the transfer of the funds?



14th Century

First Known Use of authorize

14th century

Rhymes with authorize

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AUTHORIZE Defined for Kids

authorize

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verb au·tho·rize \ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz\

Definition of authorize for Students

authorizedauthorizing

  1. 1 :  to give power to :  give authority to <Their guardian is authorized to act for them.>

  2. 2 :  to give legal or official approval to <Who authorized the closing of school?>




Law Dictionary

authorize

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transitive verb au·tho·rize \ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz\

Legal Definition of authorize

authorizedauthorizing

  1. 1 :  to give permission to

  2. 2 :  to give authority to act to

authorization \ˌȯ-thə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ play noun




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