authorize

[ aw-thuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈɔ θəˌraɪz /
See synonyms for: authorize / authorized / authorizes / authorizing on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), au·thor·ized, au·thor·iz·ing.

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.

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Also especially British, au·thor·ise .

Origin of authorize

1350–1400; earlier auctorize<Medieval Latin auctōrizāre; replacing Middle English autorisen<Middle French autoriser<Medieval Latin See author, -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM authorize

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British Dictionary definitions for authorize

authorize

authorise

/ (ˈɔːθəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of authorize

authorization or authorisation, nounauthorizer or authoriser, noun
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