[ aw-ther-uh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɔ θər əˈzeɪ ʃən /


the act of authorizing.
permission or power granted by an authority; sanction.
a legislative act authorizing money to be spent for government programs that specifies a maximum spending level without provision for actual funds.

Nearby words

  1. authoritative,
  2. authority,
  3. authority control,
  4. authority figure,
  5. authority file,
  6. authorize,
  7. authorized,
  8. authorized capital,
  9. authorized version,
  10. authors

Origin of authorization

First recorded in 1600–10; authorize + -ation

Related formsde·au·thor·i·za·tion, nounmis·au·thor·i·za·tion, nounpre·au·thor·i·za·tion, nounre·au·thor·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for pre-authorization



c.1600, from authorize + -ation. Earlier form was auctorisation (late 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper