authorize

verb au·tho·rize \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz \

Definition of authorize

authorized; authorizing
transitive verb
1 :to endorse, empower, justify, or permit by or as if by some recognized or proper authority (such as custom, evidence, personal right, or regulating power)
  • a custom authorized by time
2 :to invest especially with legal authority :empower
  • She is authorized to act for her husband.
3 archaic :justify 1a

authorizer

noun

Examples of authorize in a Sentence

  1. The city council authorized the sale of the land.

  2. Who authorized the transfer of the funds?

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Origin and Etymology of authorize


AUTHORIZE Defined for English Language Learners

authorize

verb

Definition of authorize for English Language Learners

  • : to give power or permission to (someone or something)

  • : to give legal or official approval to or for (something)


AUTHORIZE Defined for Kids

authorize

verb au·tho·rize \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz \

Definition of authorize for Students

authorized; authorizing
1 :to give power to :give authority to
  • Their guardian is authorized to act for them.
2 :to give legal or official approval to
  • Who authorized the closing of school?

Law Dictionary

authorize

transitive verb au·tho·rize \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz \

legal Definition of authorize

authorized; authorizing
1 :to give permission to
2 :to give authority to act to

authorization

play \ˌȯ-thə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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