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[aw-ther-uh-zey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of authorizing.
  2. permission or power granted by an authority; sanction.
  3. a legislative act authorizing money to be spent for government programs that specifies a maximum spending level without provision for actual funds.
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Origin of authorization

First recorded in 1600–10; authorize + -ation
Related formsde·au·thor·i·za·tion, nounmis·au·thor·i·za·tion, nounpre·au·thor·i·za·tion, nounre·au·thor·i·za·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for authorization


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

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