re·​au·​tho·​rize | \ (ˌ)rē-ˌa-trə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce reauthorize (audio) \
reauthorized; reauthorizing; reauthorizes

Definition of reauthorize

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: 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

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reauthorization \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌȯ-​th(ə-​)rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce reauthorization (audio) \ noun, plural reauthorizations
Congressional leaders are expected to continue negotiating a long-term reauthorization of the program in the coming weeks. — Mike Debonis

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