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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To increase controls, each authorized activity will be under the supervision of a state ministry, in addition to the municipal and provincial government entitities, which can intervene to set prices. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Cuba imposes more taxes and controls on private sector and increases censorship on the arts," 10 July 2018 In fact, just 1,230 or so of the authorized homes have been built so far, with about 50 under construction. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Stuck in traffic jams, asking who's to blame? The answer depends on who you ask.," 9 July 2018 Was his anonymous approach to Ms. Watkins, which violated law enforcement standards, part of an authorized operation or the work of a rogue agent? New York Times, "Border Agent Who Questioned Reporter Is Investigated for Computer Misuse," 12 July 2018 Former Atlanta City Attorney Jeremy Berry, who left the city last month, authorized attorney Frank Strickland to work on Gundy’s behalf, in a letter of engagement with him dated March 28. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Atlanta judge spends lavishly on gifts, stationery and party invites," 11 July 2018 The indictment accuses Schulte, 29, of exceeding his authorized access to CIA computer systems and even altering systems to delete records of his activities and deny others access. Matt Zapotosky,, "Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools," 19 June 2018 The order allows road access beyond Hanalei town only to full-time residents and other authorized persons. Jay Jones,, "Kauai's Hanalei Colony Resort to remain shut through Sept. 1 because of highway's flood damage," 19 June 2018 Xu is listed as an authorized person on 1717 CheMall Corp.’s bank account and was on the return label when agents received purchased drugs, according to the complaint. Rick Kambic,, "2 Chicago-area companies sold narcotics online and shipped from local warehouses, prosecutors say," 31 May 2018 Purchasers must undergo a 10-day waiting period and a background check, then pick up the weapon from an authorized dealer. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Legislators try again to ban Cow Palace gun shows," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of authorized

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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