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[aw-ther-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌɔ θər əˈzeɪ ʃən/
the act of authorizing.
permission or power granted by an authority; sanction.
a legislative act authorizing money to be spent for government programs that specifies a maximum spending level without provision for actual funds.
Origin of authorization
First recorded in 1600-10; authorize + -ation
Related forms
deauthorization, noun
misauthorization, noun
preauthorization, noun
reauthorization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If a foreigner marries an heiress, he is accounted a citizen, but he must first obtain an authorization from the council-general.

  • They wrote to Philip asking for his authorization and support.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • He is authorized for everything that is in his power; he will know no restrictive "authorization," will not want to be loyal.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • All the more reason to refuse you the authorization to follow the staff.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • The South demanded the authorization of slavery, since Southern emigrants would not go thither without their slaves.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
Word Origin and History for authorization

c.1600, from authorize + -ation. Earlier form was auctorisation (late 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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