- to give authority or official power to; empower: to authorize an employee to sign purchase orders.
- to give authority for; formally sanction (an act or proceeding): Congress authorized the new tax on tobacco.
- to establish by authority or usage: an arrangement long authorized by etiquette books.
- to afford a ground for; warrant; justify.
Origin of authorize
Examples from the Web for authorise
I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship.Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, and Fleet Street’s Elite Charged
July 24, 2012
It was at the time when the Chamber was asked to authorise the issue of lottery stock.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
To authorise the Prince to accept the government of another State.Bulgaria
I can write again by the parcel, if you authorise me to send it.Principle and Practice
Do you authorise me to speak—a little—as if I have an interest?The Outcry
And remember also that I do not authorise you in any way to resume this conversation.The Man
- to confer authority upon (someone to do something); empower
- to permit (someone to do or be something) with official sanctiona dealer authorized by a manufacturer to retail his products
Word Origin and History for authorise
"give formal approval to," late 14c., autorisen, from Old French autoriser "authorize, give authority to" (12c.), from Medieval Latin auctorizare, from auctor (see author (n.)). Modern spelling from 16c. Related: Authorized; authorizing.