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

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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

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Aetna, the region’s other dominant private insurer, requires prior authorization at 90 MME. Stacey Burling,, "Lost in the battle to create fewer new patients addicted to opioids: Longtime pain patients," 24 May 2018 The older filers, already carrying a work authorization card, would take lower priority. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 Student visa holders may apply for OPT employment authorization before or after graduation. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Immigration is tearing Republicans apart," 17 May 2018 Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram DACA: an explanation Kathleen Campbell Walker: Employers are able to continue to rely on a workforce that presents work authorization cards based on C33 status, since renewals may continue. Hanaa’ Tameez, star-telegram, "A federal judge has saved DACA temporarily. What does the new ruling mean for Texas? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Monga has received a work authorization card and a Social Security card but not a green card., "New England news in brief," 13 Apr. 2018 The town received authorization from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to refurbish the plant in July 2016. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Officer Sworn In, Fedor Recognized, WPCA Budget Presented," 23 Apr. 2018 According to the complaint, BCC asked Chalice back in May to acquire authorization for the temporary event license from either the city or the county where the event would take place. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Chalice Festival Sues Bureau of Cannabis Control as Weed-Centric Events Battle With Legalization," 13 July 2018 The region’s other major insurer, Aetna, requires chronic pain patients to obtain a prior authorization every year for opioid doses over a certain level. Aubrey Whelan,, "Independence Blue Cross reports dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions among members," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of authorization

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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