authorize

verb
au·​tho·​rize | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz How to pronounce authorize (audio) \
authorized; authorizing

Definition of authorize

transitive verb

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 sense 1a

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Other Words from authorize

authorizer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for authorize

Synonyms

accredit, certify, charter [British], commission, empower, enable, invest, license (also licence), qualify, vest, warrant

Antonyms

disqualify

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Examples of authorize in a Sentence

The city council authorized the sale of the land. Who authorized the transfer of the funds?

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The day after Gorbachev left for Shanghai on May 16, Deng convened a meeting that authorized the use of force. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 On June 2, Illinois' legislature passed SB 690, a bill that authorizes regulated sports betting. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "With new Illinois gambling bill, Cubs consider opening sportsbook at Wrigley Field," 17 June 2019 Togliatti explained that he was authorized by City Council members to sign documents relevant to city finances during this period. Laura Bednar, cleveland.com, "Independence Appoints Interim Finance Director," 16 June 2019 The legislation that authorized the truth commission, Maryland HB 307, was sponsored by Maryland House Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk. Kelebogile Zvobgo, The Conversation, "Maryland has created a truth commission on lynchings – can it deliver?," 14 June 2019 Randall Marshall, executive director of the ALCU of Alabama, said the chemical castration treatment has been rarely used in other states that have authorized it through law. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al.com, "Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs ‘chemical castration’ bill into law," 10 June 2019 Both times, Satz was the one to ask jurors to authorize the execution. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward prosecutor Mike Satz to call it quits after 44 years," 4 June 2019 Peterson became the first mayor in the country to have the power to authorize charter schools and later served on the board of The Mind Trust, until taking a job running a charter school operator, Christel House International. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Former U.S. Secretary of Education John King on what Indianapolis gets right about education," 4 June 2019 The Los Angeles company is exploring financing that would shore up its liquidity and ensure founder Do Won Chang maintains control, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak publicly. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Forever 21, struggling with global expansion, explores a debt restructuring," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of authorize

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for authorize

see author entry 1

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authorize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of authorize

: to give power or permission to (someone or something)
: to give legal or official approval to or for (something)

authorize

verb
au·​tho·​rize | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz How to pronounce authorize (audio) \
authorized; authorizing

Kids Definition of authorize

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?

authorize

transitive verb
au·​tho·​rize | \ ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz How to pronounce authorize (audio) \
authorized; authorizing

Legal Definition of authorize

1 : to give permission to
2 : to give authority to act to

Other Words from authorize

authorization \ ˌȯ-​thə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce authorization (audio) \ noun

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