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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Rocky Mountain National Park, for instance, has 16 authorized ranger positions but only 14 full-time rangers on the job because two posts remain unfilled. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "Death on the trail: More Americans visit national parks, but fewer rangers on patrol," 29 June 2019 Celebration for authorized military and their families with carnival games, contests, tribute to heroes video and family fun zone along with music and food at the base’s Del Mar Beach Resort. San Diego Union-Tribune, "42 ways to celebrate July 4 in San Diego County with fireworks and parades," 27 June 2019 Clark called the number on the morning of June 13 and gave the man his inmate number so the man could register as an authorized visitor, prosecutors said. Alejandro Serrano,, "‘You don’t know what he will do next,’ says mom of slain nursing student after man charged in killing is accused of trying to hire hit man," 26 June 2019 The authorized number of COs to work in the jail was raised earlier this year., "A deadly crisis has rocked the Cuyahoga County jail for more than a year, but the Cuyahoga County Council sits nearly silent: This Week in the CLE," 23 June 2019 Other companies parcel work out to a network of authorized vendors. Richard Jensen, Ars Technica, "Hackers, farmers, and doctors unite! Support for Right to Repair laws slowly grows," 20 June 2019 The Fairbanks City Council voted in April to allow on-site smoking and edible consumption in authorized retail shops. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "On-site consumption of marijuana edibles is now legal in Anchorage. But is there any consumer demand?," 20 June 2019 In addition, Apple’s announcement says there are now three times more authorized service locations than there were three years ago. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Apple Is Partnering With Best Buy for Repairs. Is That Enough to Fix Consumers' Complaints?," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of authorized

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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