au·​tho·​rized | \ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīzd \

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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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 Customers with questions can contact an Apple Store, Apple support or an authorized service center. Todd Haselton, USA TODAY, "Apple offers free fixes for some MacBook and MacBook Pro customers experiencing problems," 24 June 2018 And the people have questions about all sorts of really heartbreaking things and that sort of strikes the reader that this is the man whose been sort of authorized to give them advice. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author Jessica Weisberg on Recode Decode," 23 June 2018 Should their family raise objections, the OPO will not necessarily override them, but authorized donors end up donating more than 90 percent of the time. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "Thousands of organs are lost before they can be donated. Here’s how to save them.," 23 Apr. 2018 Custom Donuts Galore Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes and his family made a Saturday mid-day run to Cleveland’s Brewnuts, which in an authorized promotion with the Rock Hall made a different donut each day honoring a specific inductee. Gary Graff, Billboard, "12 Behind-the-Scenes Moments From 2018 Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of authorized

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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