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Meaning of AUTHORIZE

Pronunciation:  'othu`rIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
  2. [v]  give or delegate power or authority to; "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"
 Synonyms: authorise, authorise, clear, empower, pass
 See Also: allow, appoint, approbate, approve, certificate, certify, charge, commission, countenance, declare, entitle, formalise, formalize, let, licence, license, O.K., okay, permit, sanction, sanction, validate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Au"thor*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Authorized}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Authorizing}.] [OE. autorize, F. autoriser, fr.
LL. auctorizare, authorisare. See {Author}.]
1. To clothe with authority, warrant, or legal power; to give
   a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners
   to settle a boundary.

2. To make legal; to give legal sanction to; to legalize; as,
   to authorize a marriage.

3. To establish by authority, as by usage or public opinion;
   to sanction; as, idioms authorized by usage.

4. To sanction or confirm by the authority of some one; to
   warrant; as, to authorize a report.

         A woman's story at a winter's fire, Authorized by
         her grandam.                          --Shak.

5. To justify; to furnish a ground for. --Locke.

{To authorize one's self}, to rely for authority. [Obs.]

         Authorizing himself, for the most part, upon other
         histories.                            --Sir P.

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