given or endowed with authority: an authorized agent.
duly sanctioned.

Origin of authorized

Related formsqua·si-au·thor·ized, adjectiveself-au·thor·ized, adjectiveun·au·thor·ized, adjectivewell-au·thor·ized, adjective



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.
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
Related formsau·thor·iz·a·ble, adjectiveau·thor·iz·er, nounde·au·thor·ize, verb (used with object), de·au·thor·ized, de·au·thor·iz·ing.mis·au·thor·ize, verb (used with object), mis·au·thor·ized, mis·au·thor·iz·ing.pre·au·thor·ize, verb (used with object), pre·au·thor·ized, pre·au·thor·iz··au·thor·ize, verb (used with object), re·au·thor·ized, re·au·thor·iz·ing.self-au·thor·iz·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for authorized

Contemporary Examples of authorized

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.

  • 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.


    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 (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 Formsauthorization or authorisation, nounauthorizer or authoriser, noun
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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