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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Brailsford's pension settlement came to light this week after NBC affiliate KPNX and other local news outlets obtained documents detailing its authorization last November by the Mesa Police Department Pension Board. NBC News, "Police officer who fatally shot sobbing man temporarily rehired to apply for pension," 12 July 2019 Neymar is also being investigated by police in Rio de Janeiro over his posting of images of his accuser on social media without her authorization. Washington Post, "Brazil cops get more time to probe rape claim against Neymar," 2 July 2019 Neymar is also being investigated for publishing images of his accuser on social media without her authorization. Washington Post, "Brazil model accusing Neymar of rape speaks to police again," 20 June 2019 Unauthorized Renewals and Subscriptions A number of companies are selling subscriptions and renewals via the mail, email, and telephone without our authorization. The New York Review of Books, "Subscriber Alert!," 17 June 2019 The Interstate 70 expansion’s main contractor this week asked the city of Denver to extend its authorization to exceed nighttime noise limits for more than three years. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Interstate 70 project contractor asks Denver for OK to exceed overnight noise limits," 13 June 2019 On the other hand, an amount set in an authorization bill does not limit funding, and in a separate move, the powerful House Appropriations Committee approved $90 million in funding for the nonprofit security grant program. Ron Kampeas,, "Congress takes steps to increase security funding for nonprofits," 12 June 2019 Their cases raise unanswered questions about the government’s authority to invoke wartime powers against the Islamic State without congressional authorization. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019 The President then went to Congress to seek authorization to strike Assad. Martin London, Time, "President Trump Can’t Declare War, Only Congress Can. So Why Won't It?," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of authorization

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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