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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Synonyms & Antonyms for authorized


official, sanctioned


nonofficial, unauthorized, unofficial, unsanctioned

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Any authorized funding pilfered from a program before a contract is signed will need to be replaced later. Mackenzie Eaglen And Rick Berger, WSJ, "Support the Troops—Don’t Declare an Emergency," 10 Feb. 2019 To pull this off, Singer worked closely with a host of advisers and former astronauts, as well as James Hansen, author of the only authorized biography of Armstrong. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "First Man’s screenwriter thinks Neil Armstrong would be disappointed by the flag controversy," 15 Oct. 2018 Apple only provides the special application to its own stores and authorized service providers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices," 13 Nov. 2018 Apple will now give Genius workers and authorized service providers the tools needed to remove the glue from the battery, without affecting anything else. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Apple may have a less wasteful method of replacing the new MacBook Air’s battery," 7 Nov. 2018 The authorized account holder of the email account used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. WSJ, "Win This Custom Levi’s Jacket!," 14 Sep. 2018 Port Authority police say 31-year-old Ciara Schultz, of Ballston Spa, followed an authorized vehicle through an open gate at Teterboro Airport around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Fox News, "Woman who drove across airport runways now facing charges," 21 Sep. 2018 If a bike's GPS senses it is being locked outside an authorized area, the app will warn the user. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 An hour before the start of the authorized celebrations, another event, banned by the authorities, was short-lived. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire celebrating 100-year milestones," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of authorized

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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a strong desire or propensity

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