- given or endowed with authority: an authorized agent.
- duly sanctioned.
Origin of authorized
- 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 Words for authorizedsanctioned, recognized, licensed, accredited, lawful, legitimate, commissioned, certified, warranted, legal, licit, official
Examples from the Web for authorized
Contemporary Examples of authorized
“Telling employees to stick to authorized legal boundaries is a good thing,” he said Wednesday when asked about the quote.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
After the federal investigation concluded, they authorized him to close the facility.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the security preparations publicly.CIA Offers New Security Checks for ‘Torture Report’ Spies
Shane Harris, Kimberly Dozier
December 9, 2014
Perhaps most controversially, HKND is authorized to expropriate land wherever it wants.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
In September, Congress authorized the train-and-equip mission in Syria as part of a larger spending package.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of authorized
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
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
He was justified, he was authorized, he was the instrument of a fixed purpose.The Christian
- 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
"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.