au·​tho·​rized | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīzd How to pronounce authorized (audio) \

Definition of authorized

1 : endowed with authority an authorized representative
2 : sanctioned by authority : having or done with legal or official approval an authorized biography an authorized translation

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Recent Examples on the Web In November, the International Criminal Court’s judges authorized prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes against humanity over the alleged treatment of the Rohingya. Washington Post, "Suu Kyi’s defense of genocide charges may shock the West. But it bolsters her status at home.," 9 Dec. 2019 The next police academy is expected to bring total hiring closer to the authorized strength. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Proposed $5 after-school fee eliminated under revised St. Paul parks budget," 2 Dec. 2019 The bureau has an authorized strength of 1,001 officers. oregonlive, "President of Portland’s police union fields questions from community as contract negotiations near," 20 Nov. 2019 The kids are allowed a weekly 10-minute phone conversation with an authorized family member, usually a parent or guardian but sometimes siblings, too; cellphones are forbidden., "She was prostituting, pregnant, doing drugs by 14. Now, Taylor girl fights to save her own life.," 1 Nov. 2019 To avoid purchasing counterfeit tickets, fans are encouraged to buy through the official MLB website or an authorized ticket broker. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Beware of counterfeit World Series tickets and merchandise," 29 Oct. 2019 Edison’s life had already been thoroughly documented for the public: the first authorized biography, two full volumes’ worth, appeared in 1910. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019 Here, images of vehicle license plates— along with time, location, and vehicle color — are automatically transmitted via cell towers to certain authorized computers or cell phones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "License plate reading company expands network with San Diego neighborhoods," 20 Oct. 2019 The statement claimed that authorized sessions included one denouncing political violence. Tony Romm, The Denver Post, "Violent spoof video of Trump killing his critics shows how memes have reshaped politics," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of authorized

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Authorized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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