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Pronunciation: / otɔʀize /

Translation of autoriser in English:

verbe transitif

  • 2 (donner un droit) (événement, loi) autoriser quelqu'un à faire
    to entitle somebody to do
    ce qui autorise à penser que …
    which makes it reasonable ou legitimate to think that …
    rien ne vous autorise à agir ainsi
    you have no right to behave like that
  • 3 (rendre possible)
    (situation, conditions)
    to make [something] possible, to allow (of)
    (réalisation, innovation)
    la situation n'autorise aucune baisse des prix
    the situation doesn't allow of any price reductions

also: s'autoriser verbe pronominal

  • s'autoriser de quelque chose (prétexter)
    to use something as an excuse
    pour faire to do
    (s'appuyer sur) See examples: je me suis autorisé de votre lettre pour solliciter leur aide
    in view of what you wrote in your letter I asked them to help
    s'autoriser d'un précédent pour faire quelque chose
    to rely on precedent in doing something

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