Definition of Authorize

1. Verb. Grant authorization or clearance for. "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"

2. Verb. Give or delegate power or authority to. "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"
Exact synonyms: Authorise, Empower
Specialized synonyms: Entitle, Sanction
Generic synonyms: Appoint, Charge
Derivative terms: Authorization, Empowerment

Definition of Authorize

1. v. t. To clothe with authority, warrant, or legal power; to give a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners to settle a boundary.

Definition of Authorize

1. Verb. (transitive) To grant (someone) power or authority (to do something specific). ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To give (someone) permission; to sanction or consent. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To permit (something), to sanction or consent to (something). ¹

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Definition of Authorize


Lexicographical Neighbors of Authorize

authoritarian personality
authority figure
authorize (current term)
authorized shares
authorized stock
authorized term
authorized terms

Literary usage of Authorize

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"But after the vote in favor of issuing the bonde, an Act of the Legislature ratified the vote and authorize the city officers to deliver the bonds and to ..."

2. The Constitution of the United States of America: With an Alphabetical by William Hickey, United States (1854)
"AN ACT to authorize ce/tain officers and other persons to administer oaths. • Se it enacted ty the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"The statutes of Arkansas do not authorize service of process by letter or on the attorney of a party. 6. A decree against a party who has not been beard, ..."

4. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"... to prevent fictitious capitalization; and to authorize civil and criminal proceedings in respect to all the wrongs herein declared against. ..."

5. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1887)
"But the legislature cannot authorize a person who does not occupy a fiduciary relation to the owner to make sale of real estate, to satisfy demands which he ..."

6. The Revised Statutes of the State of New York: As Altered by Subsequent by New York (State), Montgomery Hunt Throop (1889)
"The said board of supervisors may also authorize commissioners appointed under this act to ... May authorize state road to be altered, etc. SECTION 1. ..."

7. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"... and to form the settlement from what appears to them to be the testator's real meaning, does not authorize them to change the limitations. ..."

8. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"... take it upon yourself to authorize the admission into the port of Tobago, of vessels and cargoes which are excluded by the general laws of the empire. ..."

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