re·​au·​tho·​rize (ˌ)rē-ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīz How to pronounce reauthorize (audio)
reauthorized; reauthorizing; reauthorizes

transitive verb

: to authorize (something or someone) again
especially : to renew the authority or effective legal power, warrant, or right of
called for Congress to reauthorize the Clean Water Act
Since passage, each law has been amended or "reauthorized," a confusing process under which existing statutes are reenacted with new language. Gregg Easterbrook
reauthorization noun
plural reauthorizations
Congressional leaders are expected to continue negotiating a long-term reauthorization of the program in the coming weeks. Mike Debonis

Examples of reauthorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The House took a critical first step on Friday toward reauthorizing a law extending an expiring warrantless surveillance law that national security officials say is crucial to fighting terrorism, voting to take it up two days after a previous attempt to pass it collapsed. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Nevertheless, every few years, Congress is called on to reauthorize Section 702, which mandates that the intelligence agencies obtain generalized FISC approval for massive surveillance programs. The Editors, National Review, 12 Apr. 2024 Since then, she's openly criticized his leadership in media interviews and on social media, warning him that passing Ukraine aid or reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would put his position in peril. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 10 Apr. 2024 And an amendment on data collection is mixed up in the bill reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the controversial statute that authorizes the National Security Agency, which expires later this month. Gaby Del Valle, The Verge, 5 Apr. 2024 Since a tax-lien sale program on unpaid property taxes expired in March 2022 and wasn’t reauthorized by City Council, officials say delinquent owners have no incentive to pay their debts. Martin Z. Braun, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 In 1992, despite an earlier Senate report finding the student loan program riddled with waste, fraud, and abuse, Congress reauthorized HEA, making new, unsubsidized student loans available to any student regardless of financial need. Brian Curcio, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Roughly a week later, pro-surveillance lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee introduced their own bill reauthorizing the 702 program, which excluded the data-broker ban as well as other reforms included in the Judiciary Committee bill. Dell Cameron Andrew Couts, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 The following year, the act was reauthorized for 75 more years, until 2090, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reauthorize was in 1605

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“Reauthorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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