au·​tho·​ri·​za·​tion ˌȯ-th(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce authorization (audio)
: the act of authorizing
: 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 The Secret Service already has several standby security teams and the protective detail could be dispatched to protect the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador on the same day the authorization is approved, the person said. Meg Kinnard and Michael Balsamo The Associated Press,, 17 Feb. 2024 Artesian Water does not have infrastructure in the Fair Hill area, and doesn’t have authorization to expand there, DiNunzio said. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 At first, the researchers weren’t able to get authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, even just for research purposes, because of the in-person requirements for the prescription of mifepristone and misoprostol. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 15 Feb. 2024 Expedite work authorization from six months to immediately; 4. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 There’s different levels of authorization to make different decisions in our customer service teams, obviously. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 For quantities exceeding that amount, travelers need to show authorization from Cuba’s Central Bank. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 The guild is currently made of over 80 employees, with 87% of the eligible members signing union authorization cards. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024 Some state health plans that cover GLP-1 medications for weight-loss have prior authorization procedures to try to limit use. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English auctorisation "legal validation of a document," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French auctorisacion "authorization," borrowed from Medieval Latin auctōrizātiōn-, auctōrizātiō "recognition as authoritative, authorization," from auctōrizāre "to authorize" + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of authorization was in the 15th century

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“Authorization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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