What does authorize mean?

Definitions for authorize
ˈɔ θəˌraɪzau·tho·rize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. authorize, authorise, pass, clearverb

    grant authorization or clearance for

    "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"

  2. empower, authorise, authorizeverb

    give or delegate power or authority to

    "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"


  1. authorizeverb

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

    The General Assembly authorized the Council to take up the matter.

  2. authorizeverb

    To permit (something), to sanction or consent to (something).

    The judge authorized the wiretapping.

  3. Etymology: From autoriser

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Authorizeverb

    Etymology: autoriser, Fr.

    Making herself an impudent suitor, authorizing herself very much, with making us see, that all favour and power depended upon her. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Deaf to complaints they wait upon the ill,
    Till some safe crisis authorize their skill. Dryden.

    Yourself first made that title which I claim,
    First bid me love, and authoriz’d my flame. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    My prayers are heard,
    And I have nothing farther to desire,
    But Sancho’s leave to authorize our marriage. John Dryden, Sp. Fr.

    To have countenanced in him irregularity and disobedience to that light which he had, would have been, to have authorized disorder, confusion, and wickedness in his creatures. John Locke.

    Lawful it is to devise any ceremony, and to authorize any kind of regiment, no special commandment being thereby violated. Richard Hooker, b. iii. § 4.

    Those forms are best which have been longest received and authorized in a nation by custom and use. William Temple.

    All virtue lies in a power of denying our own desires, where reason does not authorize them. John Locke.

    Although their intention be sincere, yet doth it notoriously strengthen vulgar errour, and authorize opinions injurious unto truth. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 9.

    Be a person in vogue with the multitude, he shall authorize any nonsense, and make incoherent stuff, seasoned with twang and tautology, pass for rhetorick. South.


  1. authorize

    Authorization or authorisation (see spelling differences) is the function of specifying access rights/privileges to resources, which is related to general information security and computer security, and to access control in particular. More formally, "to authorize" is to define an access policy. For example, human resources staff are normally authorized to access employee records and this policy is often formalized as access control rules in a computer system. During operation, the system uses the access control rules to decide whether access requests from (authenticated) consumers shall be approved (granted) or disapproved (rejected). Resources include individual files or an item's data, computer programs, computer devices and functionality provided by computer applications. Examples of consumers are computer users, computer software and other hardware on the computer.


  1. authorize

    Authorize refers to giving official permission, approval or consent for an action, decision, or process. It also may refer to giving someone the power or right to do something or control over some affairs or resources. Authorization can be given by an individual, organization, or a governing body.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Authorizeverb

    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. Authorizeverb

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

  3. Authorizeverb

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

  4. Authorizeverb

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

  5. Authorizeverb

    to justify; to furnish a ground for

  6. Etymology: [OE. autorize, F. autoriser, fr. LL. auctorizare, authorisare. See Author.]

Editors Contribution

  1. authorize

    To give authority to.

    The got the authorization to share their news on social media.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

  2. authorize

    To grant a person or group of people the power or authority to do or have.

    They did authorize the family members permission to visit their holiday villa every summer.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of authorize in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of authorize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of authorize in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama on Friday:

    The reason that a lot of environmentalists are concerned about it is the way that you get the oil out in Canada is an extraordinarily dirty way of extracting oil, and obviously there are always risks in piping a lot of oil through Nebraska farmland and other parts of the country, i haven't made a final determination on it, but what I've said is, 'we're not going to authorize a pipeline that benefits largely a foreign company if it can't be shown that it is safe and if it can't be shown that overall it would not contribute to climate change,'.

  2. Alan Dershowitz:

    And its the Democrats who want to know why there wasnt charges. They want to know what the split was between those who wanted to charge and not charge an obstruction of justice. The law does not authorize that to be released. Dershowitz said Barr can use his discretion when it comes to the release of the Mueller report, but no court should order him to release the entire thing. He also warned that innocent people can fall for perjury traps. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP If an innocent person testifies truthfully and somebody else testifies the other way and if prosecutors choose to believe the other person, youve fallen into a perjury trap.

  3. Samuel Adams:

    That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience or to prevent the people of the United states who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms...

  4. Randy Moore:

    Landscapes are analyzed for prescribed fire treatments and the effects on community well-being, vegetation, hydrology, threatened and endangered species and other values, extensive standard operating procedures to authorize prescribed fires include developing and coordinating a burn plan, site preparation, public notifications, weather and forecast monitoring and validation before a decision is made to go ahead.

  5. President Trump:

    Bolton's stated reason ? Concerns about executive privilege.And Bolton was never called during the Senate trial because Senate Democrats couldn't get the 51 votes they needed to authorize witnesses.Now Bolton could have, easily, told his story through some other means. He could have granted an interview with a network to document his interactions with Trump in regard to Ukraine... He chose not to do that.In fact, what we know about Bolton's role in all of this comes from leaks to The New York Times. Here's the key bit :.

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