au·tho·ri·za·tion | \ ˌȯ-th(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of authorization 

1 : the act of authorizing

2 : an instrument that authorizes : sanction

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you will need the authorization of the council before you can act his authorization to go ahead with the project was finally given

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Federal officials have estimated that as many as 3,000 children are in government custody after being taken from immigrants who entered the country without authorization. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Unmarked vans, security fences: family reunification proceeds behind curtain of secrecy," 12 July 2018 Days after taking office, Trump said anyone in the U.S. without authorization was a priority for deportation, and directed Customs and Border Protection to detain every unauthorized immigrant caught crossing the border until their case was resolved. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Returns to ‘Catch and Release’ for Migrant Families – But Maybe Not for Long," 11 July 2018 Klarman’s firm, the Baupost Group, says the e-book version was posted without authorization and will shortly be taken down by Amazon as a copyright violation. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Incredible Deal on Famed Hedge Fund Manager’s E-Book Was Too Good to Be True," 10 July 2018 Adam Bloom, a white man, called the Winston-Salem Police Department on July 4 to complain that a black woman was using the community pool without authorization, the New York Times reports. Paula Rogo,, "#IDAdam Loses His Job After Racially Profiling A Black Mother At Community Pool," 7 July 2018 Another requirement, favored by book and news publishers, would prevent websites from using pieces of their content without authorization. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe," 5 July 2018 The city, which had a population of 1,568 in the 2010 census, will be the site of the first temporary shelters constructed for migrant children who have been separated from their parents after entering the country without authorization. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Phoenix church hosts Father's Day rally to protest immigration policy separating migrant families," 16 June 2018 Local 89 officials reported late Tuesday on Facebook that more than 93 percent of UPS members voted to authorize a strike, and more than 91 percent working in the company's freight division also backed the authorization, if needed. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "UPS hourly workers vote to strike, if needed, amid contract talks," 6 June 2018 During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Stilwell used the FOP debit card without authorization and used the funds for his personal gain. Carol Robinson,, "Man charged after Birmingham bank security guard thwarts armed holdup downtown," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of authorization

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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