authorize

authorize (v.) "give formal approval to," late 14c., autorisen, from O.Fr. autoriser "authorize, give authority to" (12c.), from M.L. auctorizare, from auctor (see AUTHOR (Cf. author)). Modern spelling from 16c. Related: Authorized; authorizing.

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  • authorize — au·tho·rize / ȯ thə ˌrīz/ vt rized, riz·ing 1: to give permission to 2: to give authority to act to au·tho·ri·za·tion /ˌȯ thə rə zā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • Authorize — 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • authorize — au‧thor‧ize [ˈɔːθəraɪz ǁ ˈɒː ] also authorise verb [transitive] to give official or legal permission for something: • The board has authorized the buy back of 85,000 shares. • The bill would authorize $850 million a year in grants to states to… …   Financial and business terms

  • authorize — [ô′thər īz΄] vt. authorized, authorizing [ME autorisen < OFr autoriser < ML auctorizare < L auctor, AUTHOR] 1. to give official approval to or permission for [a housing project authorized by the city] 2. to give power or authority to;… …   English World dictionary

  • authorize — authorize, commission, accredit, license denote in common to invest with power or the right to act. One authorizes a person to act for oneself when he is given the necessary legal right or power with or without instructions of a specific… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • authorize — [v1] give power or control accredit, bless, commission, empower, enable, entitle, give authority, give the go ahead*, give the green light*, give the word*, invest, license, okay, rubber stamp*, say the word*, vest; concepts 50,88 Ant. deny,… …   New thesaurus

  • authorize — (Amer.) au·thor·ize || ɔːθəraɪz v. permit; approve; empower (also authorise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • authorize — (also authorise) ► VERB ▪ give official permission for or approval to. DERIVATIVES authorization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • authorize */ — UK [ˈɔːθəraɪz] / US [ˈɔθəˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms authorize : present tense I/you/we/they authorize he/she/it authorizes present participle authorizing past tense authorized past participle authorized to give official permission for… …   English dictionary

  • authorize — verb Authorize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑congress, ↑law, ↑president, ↑resolution, ↑statute Authorize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑detention, ↑expenditure, ↑funding, ↑payment, ↑rele …   Collocations dictionary

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