- 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
Related Wordsempower, enable, okay, entitle, license, ratify, warrant, confirm, sanction, approve, endorse, bless, commission, vest, invest, accredit, affirm, tolerate, qualify, countenance
Examples from the Web for authorize
The Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
He then called on Congress to authorize a program to train and equip 5,000 rebels per year in Saudi Arabia, which they did.Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes
September 30, 2014
If you miss your session, you authorize the app to charge your credit card or PayPal account.4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
September 13, 2014
President Obama has asked Congress to authorize $500 million to train a new Syrian opposition out of Saudi Arabia.Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War
September 13, 2014
Obama relied on the September 14 resolution, like Bush, to authorize drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.Obama’s War in Iraq Marks the Return of the Global War on Terror
August 18, 2014
I authorize you now to break all this to the family in any way you think best.Little Dorrit
What resolution had they come to, he asked, as he could not authorize them to fight?
However, will you authorize my father-in-law to undertake your case?
Certainly, I authorize M. Leveque to do so, and tell him that I thank him a thousand times.
If you authorize me to act for you, I have no doubt something can be arranged.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
- 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 authorize
"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.