Definition of authorize
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 1a
Examples of authorize in a sentence
The city council authorized the sale of the land.
Who authorized the transfer of the funds?
Origin and Etymology of authorize
First Known Use: 14th century
AUTHORIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of authorize for English Language Learners
: to give power or permission to (someone or something)
: to give legal or official approval to or for (something)
AUTHORIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of authorize for Students
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?>
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