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authorize

[aw-thuh-rahyz] /ˈɔ θəˌraɪz/
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
1350-1400; earlier auctorize < Medieval Latin auctōrizāre; replacing Middle English autorisen < Middle French autoriser < Medieval Latin See author, -ize
Related forms
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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Examples for authorised
  • All along the tendency to deplore the absence of more has not been authorised.
  • Darcy has not authorised me to make his communication public.
  • The rally was authorised and he was on his way home when the police stopped him.
  • authorised unit trusts are not liable to tax on their chargeable gains.
British Dictionary definitions for authorised

authorize

/ˈɔːθəˌraɪz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
authorization, authorisation, noun
authorizer, authoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for authorised
authorize
"give formal approval to," late 14c., from O.Fr. autoriser, from M.L. auctorizare, from auctor (see author).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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