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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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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The city council is expected to vote Monday on Bronin’s request for authorization. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Bronin Presses For State Contract Ahead Of April Debt Payment," 21 Mar. 2018 Recipients were temporarily shielded from deportation and provided with work authorization. Kevin Johnson, University Of California, Houston Chronicle, "DACA: How generous is President Trump's plan?," 1 Feb. 2018 Painters or artists who sell their works without state authorization also could be penalized. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Cuba imposes more taxes and controls on private sector and increases censorship on the arts," 10 July 2018 Still, any move to permanently withdraw American troops from Europe would ultimately require congressional authorization. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "European leaders 'scared to death' Trump will pull US troops home, ex-defense chief says," 7 July 2018 Crossing without legal authorization is a misdemeanor. Jazmine Ulloa,, "Family separations at the border: How did we get here?," 19 June 2018 Hargan claims the idea that the federal government lost nearly 1,500 children in its custody is based on a misunderstanding of how the government handles unaccompanied minors crossing the border without legal authorization. Philip Athey, azcentral, "Did the federal government really lose 1,500 migrant children?," 12 June 2018 The former pro tem launched his political career organizing against Proposition 187, which sought to strip education and other public services from immigrants living in California without legal authorization. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Why Kevin de León thinks he can beat Dianne Feinstein," 7 June 2018 On April 13, President Trump ordered missile strikes in Syria without congressional authorization. Julia Azari, Vox, "The challenge of Trump’s presidency is legitimacy, not power," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of authorization

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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