What does authorize mean?

Definitions for authorize
ˈɔ θəˌraɪzau·tho·rize

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word authorize.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. authorize, authorise, pass, clear(verb)

    grant authorization or clearance for

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

  2. empower, authorise, authorize(verb)

    give or delegate power or authority to

    "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"


  1. authorize(Verb)

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

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

  2. authorize(Verb)

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

    The judge authorized the wiretapping.

  3. Origin: From autoriser

Webster Dictionary

  1. Authorize(verb)

    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. Authorize(verb)

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

  3. Authorize(verb)

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

  4. Authorize(verb)

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

  5. Authorize(verb)

    to justify; to furnish a ground for

  6. Origin: [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 something specific.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

How to pronounce authorize?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say authorize in sign language?

  1. authorize


  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. Paul Ryan:

    The idea is not to make ObamaCare work better or actually authorize ObamaCare.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    For far too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional responsibility to authorize military action abroad, effectively ceding the war-making power to the Executive Branch.

  4. Wednesday Salvini:

    Whether it is eight or eighty-eight migrants, I do not authorize anyone to enter Italy.

  5. Jeff Sessions:

    The executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions.

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