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[aw-thuh-rahyzd] /ˈɔ θəˌraɪzd/
given or endowed with authority:
an authorized agent.
duly sanctioned.
Origin of authorized
Related forms
quasi-authorized, adjective
self-authorized, adjective
unauthorized, adjective
well-authorized, adjective


[aw-thuh-rahyz] /ˈɔ θəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), authorized, authorizing.
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.
Also, especially British, authorise.
1350-1400; earlier auctorize < Medieval Latin auctōrizāre; replacing Middle English autorisen < Middle French autoriser < Medieval Latin See author, -ize
Related forms
authorizable, adjective
authorizer, noun
deauthorize, verb (used with object), deauthorized, deauthorizing.
misauthorize, verb (used with object), misauthorized, misauthorizing.
preauthorize, verb (used with object), preauthorized, preauthorizing.
reauthorize, verb (used with object), reauthorized, reauthorizing.
self-authorizing, adjective Unabridged
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  • Clinton had been authorized to burn all cities that refused submission.

  • The author of this letter has, at my request, authorized me to publish it anonymously.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Misard was authorized to employ her as gatekeeper on the railway after the death of Flore.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • And she was authorized in doing so, because he had promised to take her to the circus that evening.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • He was justified, he was authorized, he was the instrument of a fixed purpose.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for authorized


verb (transitive)
to confer authority upon (someone to do something); empower
to permit (someone to do or be something) with official sanction: a dealer authorized by a manufacturer to retail his products
Derived Forms
authorization, authorisation, noun
authorizer, authoriser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for authorized



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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