authorize

[aw-thuh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), authorized, authorizing.
1.
to give authority or official power to; empower: to authorize an employee to sign purchase orders.
2.
to give authority for; formally sanction (an act or proceeding): Congress authorized the new tax on tobacco.
3.
to establish by authority or usage: an arrangement long authorized by etiquette books.
4.
to afford a ground for; warrant; justify.
Also, especially British, authorise.


Origin:
1350–1400; earlier auctorize < Medieval Latin auctōrizāre; replacing Middle English autorisen < Middle French autoriser < Medieval Latin See author, -ize

authorizable, adjective
authorizer, noun
deauthorize, verb (used with object), deauthorized, deauthorizing.
misauthorize, verb (used with object), misauthorized, misauthorizing.
preauthorize, verb (used with object), preauthorized, preauthorizing.
reauthorize, verb (used with object), reauthorized, reauthorizing.
self-authorizing, adjective
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authorize or authorise (ˈɔːθəˌraɪz)
 
vb
1.  to confer authority upon (someone to do something); empower
2.  to permit (someone to do or be something) with official sanction: a dealer authorized by a manufacturer to retail his products
 
authorise or authorise
 
vb
 
authori'zation or authorise
 
n
 
authori'sation or authorise
 
n
 
'authorizer or authorise
 
n
 
'authoriser or authorise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

authorize
"give formal approval to," late 14c., from O.Fr. autoriser, from M.L. auctorizare, from auctor (see author).

authorise
British spelling of authorize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize.
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Example sentences
One pending change would authorise more intelligence sharing between federal and local officials.
She did not authorise treating other arrivals that way, she insists.
He has also said he will not authorise the building of new nuclear weapons.
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