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

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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?
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the trust does not authorize replica Heisman trophies. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith gets to keep his. But what happens to those extra trophies?," 6 Jan. 2021 China however, didn't authorize their entry into the country. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on vaccine distribution and rising U.S. Covid cases," 6 Jan. 2021 Citing the needs of its poorest residents, California asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for another $60 per month in food stamps for zero-income recipients, but the department said the law did not authorize the increase. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump administration can limit food stamp money to poorest Californians, court rules," 31 Dec. 2020 The state’s vaccination timeline could be impacted by delays on the federal or international level — for instance if the FDA does not authorize the vaccine candidates as quickly as expected or if manufacturing is unable to keep up with demand. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "The FDA could approve emergency authorization for a COVID-19 vaccination Thursday. What does that mean for Connecticut?," 9 Dec. 2020 Three federal judges have also questioned its legality and concluded that public health law does not authorize expulsions. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "A girl came to the U.S. border with reports of sexual abuse. ICE expelled her, citing COVID-19," 3 Dec. 2020 Prior to Act 77, state law simply codified the Pennsylvania’s constitution, which authorizes absentee voting based on a generous list of excuses, but does not expressly authorize no-excuse mail-in voting. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump Campaign Election Litigation Appears to End in Pennsylvania While Proceeding in Georgia," 30 Nov. 2020 The Libertarian said the state Constitution did not authorize the governor to shut down businesses or require masks during a pandemic. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "5 takeaways from governor debate, including Holcomb and Rainwater back and forth," 21 Oct. 2020 State officials supported the lawsuit, but said state law didn’t authorize them to extend the deadline without court action. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Court Extends Virginia’s Voter-Registration Deadline," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of authorize was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2021

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“Authorize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authorize. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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authorize

verb
How to pronounce authorize (audio)

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 authorize (audio) \ noun

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