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.

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. Bob Corker:

    Voting to authorize the use of military force is one of the most important actions Congress can take, and while there will be differences, it is my hope that we will fulfill our constitutional responsibility, and in a bipartisan way, pass an authorization that allows us to confront this serious threat.

  2. 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.

  3. Mark Brewer:

    You can look through the entire Michigan election code that was written by the legislature and signed by governors of both parties. There is no role for the legislature in this process, michigan has a pretty strong separation of powers clause. And appointing members of the Electoral College is not legislating, it's not passing a law. And there's nothing in the Michigan Constitution that would authorize the legislature to do that.

  4. Bertrand Grabowski:

    I think we need much more clarity on what (the U.S. Treasury) is going to authorize or not.

  5. Joseph Cuffari:

    Similarly, we do not authorize our staff to sit for transcribed interviews with your committee about these ongoing matters.

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