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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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 According to officials, a health department worker who had authorization to possess the unencrypted data lost track of the flash drive containing it. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit offers free credit monitoring to 511 people after flash drive goes missing," 1 Feb. 2018 The scope of our review includes the extent to which the FBI may have relied on information relayed by Mr. Steele in seeking judicial authorization for surveillance of individuals associated with Mr. Trump. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Grassley, Graham fire off letters to Democrats demanding info on Trump dossier author, FBI," 26 Jan. 2018 Key programs will continue to function because their funding has ongoing authorization and doesn’t depend on annual approval by Congress. Richard Lardner, star-telegram, "The federal government has shut down. Here’s what’s closed and who’s affected," 19 Jan. 2018 The test is going swimmingly so far, well enough that a 12-month trial turned into a permanent deployment, complete with authorization to use the laser as a defensive weapon if necessary. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "US Navy: We Want High-Powered Lasers and Super-Fast Railguns by 2020," 31 July 2015 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

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First Known Use of authorization

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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