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 An unnamed manager at the neighboring store said police told him the situation is under control, but he was not authorized to say anything more. Christopher Kuhagen, USA TODAY, "Gunshots exchanged between student and school officer in Wisconsin, school officials say," 3 Dec. 2019 Justice Department attorney Scott Stewart told an apparently skeptical panel that federal law authorized the administration to categorically deny asylum to those who had passed through another country without seeking refuge there. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Federal panel appears skeptical of Trump’s Central American asylum policy," 2 Dec. 2019 An unnamed manager at the neighboring Pick 'n Save said police told him the situation is under control, but he was not authorized to say anything more. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gunshots were fired inside Waukesha South, school officials say," 2 Dec. 2019 By law, livery cabs, which often are used for airport trips, cannot be hailed in the street but are authorized to pick up paying passengers when booked by phone. Arkansas Online, "Livery cabs feeling squeezed in NYC," 1 Dec. 2019 But marijuana is unlikely to be more broadly available until more businesses become licensed and additional communities authorize sales. Author: David Eggert, Kathleen Foody, Anchorage Daily News, "Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales," 1 Dec. 2019 The Mexican Cartels certainly earned a designation of a Foreign Terrorist Organization which is authorized in the Immigration and Naturalization act. Fox News, "The impact of designating Mexican cartels a 'foreign terrorist organization'," 30 Nov. 2019 The school board met in a closed session in Roselle that lasted more than two and a half hours before emerging and unanimously authorized a notice of remedial warning for former head football coach Chris Roll and athletic director Pete Schauer. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Reprimands issued at Lake Park High School, where convicted sex offender was allowed to serve as volunteer coach of football team," 26 Nov. 2019 At this point, Hyundai stepped in and authorized a buyout of your vehicle. Christopher Elliott, courant.com, "Problem Solved: Who is to blame for blown gasket on his Hyundai?," 22 Nov. 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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The first known use of authorize was in the 14th century

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6 Dec 2019

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“Authorize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authorizes. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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 authorization (audio) \ noun

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