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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General Motors discussed investing in the company this year, according to two people familiar with the negotiations who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "Meet the Man Quietly Building the Tesla of Trucks, With Jeff Bezos Aboard," 2 July 2019 The people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly until the deal is official. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Warriors land D'Angelo Russell in sign-and-trade with Nets, send Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies," 1 July 2019 As a starting point, the fact that clubs are private businesses does not, on its own, authorize them to discriminate. SI.com, "Why Private Golf Clubs Are Legally Still Able to Discriminate Against Women," 1 July 2019 That person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. chicagotribune.com, "Big East votes to invite UConn to rejoin for basketball and other sports: AP source," 24 June 2019 The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. Cincinnati.com, "AP sources: UConn in talks to leave American Athletic Conference, move back into Big East," 23 June 2019 The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. Pat Eaton-robb, baltimoresun.com, "UConn in talks to move back to Big East," 22 June 2019 The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Fox News, "Russia, China block UN from saying NKorea violated sanctions," 19 June 2019 The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation. John Leicester And Samuel Petrequin, courant.com, "Former France soccer great arrested in 2022 World Cup probe," 18 June 2019

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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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