Definition of authorize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːθərʌɪz/
(also authorise)


[with object]
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 force
More example sentences
  • 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.
give permission for, permit, sanction, allow, agree to, approve, give one's consent/assent to, consent to, assent to, accede to, countenance;
license, legalize, make legal, legitimize, legitimatize;
ratify, endorse, validate, accredit, warrant
informal give the green light to, give the go-ahead for, give the OK to, OK, give the thumbs up to
North American rare approbate
give someone the authority, give someone permission, mandate, commission, empower;
approved, recognized, sanctioned, commissioned;
accredited, licensed, certified, warranted;
official, lawful, legal, legitimate, licit


Late Middle English: from Old French autoriser, from medieval Latin auctorizare, from auctor 'originator, promoter' (see author).

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