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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Bensouda's announcement came less than two weeks after judges at the court gave her authorization to investigate the deportations despite Myanmar not being a member state of the court. Mike Corder, Fox News, "Intl court opens preliminary probe into Rohingya expulsions," 18 Sep. 2018 If your initial payment authorization is later revoked, your subscription, product, or access will be terminated. Newsweek, "Terms of Sale," 5 May 2014 The populist government last fall accused France of dumping under-age migrants over the border without authorization. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Italy’s Salvini lashes out at Macron as ‘terrible president’," 22 Jan. 2019 McCain’s office pushed out statements of late on the Senate’s passage of the defense authorization bill, named after the senator himself. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Amid cancer treatment, McCain exercised significant political clout from afar," 25 Aug. 2018 Lawmakers are expected to fold the final Cfius legislation into a defense authorization bill that both chambers are planning to hammer out in the next few weeks. New York Times, "What Would an Expanded Foreign Investment Committee Do?," 27 June 2018 And the defense authorization bill is full of upgrades to the Air Force’s space-fighting capabilities, including the creation of an additional Air Force unit responsible for space warfighting operations. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 In a fiscal year 2010 defense authorization bill, much of that evaporated overnight. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Under rule change, Alaska Native corporations could once again get high-dollar government contracts," 26 June 2018 Actual appropriations are made through separate legislation, but lawmakers often closely follow the priorities spelled out under the authorization bill. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Congress, White House head for showdown over Chinese telecom ZTE after Senate OKs defense bill," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of authorization

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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