authorize

verb
au·​tho·​rize | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz How to pronounce authorize (audio) \
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 film—authorized by the family—chronicles his unparalleled career, formative years, and family life. Chris Perkins, Car and Driver, "Ford Confirms It: A Hybrid Bronco Is Coming," 9 May 2019 After a task force’s review, Associated Black Charities was picked to manage the fund and was officially authorized by a five-member spending board controlled by the mayor and included Young in his capacity as City Council president. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Amid scandal, audit into Baltimore nonprofit’s work ordered," 12 Apr. 2019 Enter: Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, a graphic novel version of the original diary, authorized by the Anne Frank Fonds foundation, with proceeds going to charities around the world and to promoting Anne Frank’s legacy. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation," 7 Mar. 2019 The strategy is to create a new architecture in which users are authorized for access to specific apps. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Akamai Bets on ‘Zero Trust’ Approach to Security," 1 May 2019 That’s the context for Wednesday’s decision by House Democrats to authorize subpoenas, on a partisan vote, demanding that Mr. Barr immediately hand over the entire Mueller report and its supporting evidence. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trolling the Mueller Report," 3 Apr. 2019 If the money doesn't get pushed into the 2019 budget, the Air Force would have to return the budget for the program and go back to Congress to re-authorize the program for the next budget year—in fiscal year 2020. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Sitrep: The Air Force’s senior-citizen chopper may have to hold off retirement," 31 July 2018 The diplomat was not authorized to be publicly named. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Italy’s Salvini lashes out at Macron as ‘terrible president’," 22 Jan. 2019 The two were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Fox News, "Searing Trump op-ed sets off wild guessing game on author," 6 Sep. 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 How to pronounce authorize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce authorize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce authorization (audio) \ noun

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