- Give official permission for or approval to (an undertaking or agent): the government authorized further aircraft production [with object and infinitive]: the troops were authorized to use forceMore example sentences
sanction, permit, allow, approve, consent to, assent to; ratify, endorse, validate• informal give the green light to, give the go-ahead to, OK, give the thumbs up toempower, mandate, commission; entitleaccredited, licensed, certified; official, lawful, legal, legitimate
- The broker then authorizes his agents in the United States to pay for the goods the importers have ordered.
- Francis authorized the stadium official at the scene to allow the game to proceed.
- Congress argued about and approved a resolution authorizing war.
late Middle English: from Old French autoriser, from medieval Latin auctorizare, from auctor 'originator, promoter' (see author).