authorize

verb
au·​tho·​rize | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz \
authorized; authorizing

Definition of authorize 

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 sense 1a

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Other Words from authorize

authorizer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for authorize

Synonyms

accredit, certify, charter [British], commission, empower, enable, invest, license (also licence), qualify, vest, warrant

Antonyms

disqualify

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Examples of authorize in a Sentence

The city council authorized the sale of the land. Who authorized the transfer of the funds?

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The Joint Commission, a private body authorized by the government to review hospital performance, has long held an accrediting monopoly. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Psychiatric Hospitals With Safety Violations Still Get Accreditation," 26 Dec. 2018 The 24-year-old landmark legislation is the most comprehensive bundle of policy and funding authorized by Congress to combat violence against women and girls. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 Their decision to use deadly force against Mr. Blevins under those circumstances was authorized by Minn. Stat. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Minneapolis police release footage of fatal shooting of armed man; officers won't face charges," 2 Oct. 2018 Those affected have three options: going through a third-party specialist authorized by Apple; contacting Apple Support to do a mail-in repair; or making an appointment at an Apple Store to drop the device off. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple launches repair program for defective iPhone 8 logic boards," 31 Aug. 2018 Congress is on the cusp of passing a bill that could authorize hundreds of thousands of self-driving cars without traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals to be deployed as taxis or sold as personal vehicles. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 The city council unanimously approved a joint resolution last month authorizing city staff to develop a plan that includes paying $500,000 for the costs for the crossover switch near the city’s recycling center. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Forest weighs funding for Metra project that would increase service at west-side station," 10 July 2018 In 2013, the congressionally authorized, bipartisan Tribal Law and Order Commission came to the same conclusion. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 After authorizing a relatively small $75 million in federal funding for transit in a 1961 housing bill, Kennedy began championing mass transit, aggressively pushing for a program of matching funds the following year. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of authorize

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for authorize

see author entry 1

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authorize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of authorize

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

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

authorize

verb
au·​tho·​rize | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz \
authorized; authorizing

Kids Definition of authorize

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?

authorize

transitive verb
au·​tho·​rize | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz \
authorized; authorizing

Legal Definition of authorize 

1 : to give permission to
2 : to give authority to act to

Other Words from authorize

authorization \ ˌȯ-​thə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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