- 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
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 toNorth American • rare approbatemandate, commission, empower; entitleapproved, recognized, sanctioned, commissioned; accredited, licensed, certified, warranted; official, lawful, legal, legitimate, licit
- 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).