Definition of authorize in English:

authorize

Syllabification: au·thor·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈôTHəˌrīz
 
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verb

[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.
Synonyms
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 to
empower, mandate, commission; entitleapproved, recognized, sanctioned; accredited, licensed, certified; official, lawful, legal, legitimate

Origin

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

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