au·​tho·​ri·​za·​tion | \ ˌȯ-th(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce authorization (audio) \

Definition of authorization

1 : the act of authorizing
2 : an instrument that authorizes : sanction

Examples of authorization in a Sentence

you will need the authorization of the council before you can act his authorization to go ahead with the project was finally given
Recent Examples on the Web Fenway Institute was also advocating for an emergency use authorization for new testing modalities, to facilitate the development of at-home tests. Jessica Bartlett,, 5 Aug. 2022 One potential complication for enforcement agencies is a new law that recently eliminated a requirement for government authorization before airstrips were built on unprotected land. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2022 The large study showed that Moderna’s vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19, clearing the way for government authorization in December 2020. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 29 July 2022 At the time, health-care providers were required to contact their local health department for authorization, and the patient’s symptoms had to satisfy specific criteria. Ngofeen Mputubwele, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Individuals granted humanitarian parole receive a Social Security number and can apply for work authorization once in the United States. Washington Post, 22 July 2022 The agency initially denied the vaping giant's request for marketing authorization in late June. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 20 July 2022 Companies would now have to apply for authorization to market and distribute their products. Wired, 12 July 2022 Another vaccine maker, Novavax, has committee support for emergency use authorization in the United States, but the FDA has not yet authorized its vaccine. Jen Christensen, CNN, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of authorization

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Authorization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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