au·​tho·​rized ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīzd How to pronounce authorized (audio)
: endowed with authority
an authorized representative
: sanctioned by authority : having or done with legal or official approval
an authorized biography
an authorized translation

Examples of authorized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of the controversial tech mogul, which was published in September, will serve as the basis for the screenplay. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023 In 2011, Isaacson released an authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Subaru crippled its technology over a state law intended to let people share their car’s wireless repair information with any service shop — not only the authorized dealer. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 After using the vulnerability to become an authorized user, the attacker creates a local user account. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023 Team members recognized no authorized employee had made the request and alerted the company’s security response team. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 23 Oct. 2023 Some card issuers, like Discover and American Express, have minimum age limits in place for authorized credit card users. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2023 On State Highway 5, this 82-acre site was sold by the city to Holt Cat, an authorized Caterpillar heavy equipment and engine dealer that sells to other industrial users. Susan McFarland, Dallas News, 21 Aug. 2023 The entire show has never been given an authorized video release. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of authorize

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of authorized was in the 15th century

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“Authorized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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