[ aw-thuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈɔ θəˌraɪz /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM authorize
au·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·ing.re·au·thor·ize, verb (used with object), re·au·thor·ized, re·au·thor·iz·ing.self-au·thor·iz·ing, adjective
Words nearby authorize
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British Dictionary definitions for authorizer
/ (ˈɔːθəˌraɪz) /
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 authorizeauthorization or authorisation, nounauthorizer or authoriser, noun
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