Definition of authorize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

authorize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈɔːθəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːθəraɪz//
 
[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they authorize
BrE BrE//ˈɔːθəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːθəraɪz//
 
he / she / it authorizes
BrE BrE//ˈɔːθəraɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːθəraɪzɪz//
 
past simple authorized
BrE BrE//ˈɔːθəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːθəraɪzd//
 
past participle authorized
BrE BrE//ˈɔːθəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːθəraɪzd//
 
-ing form authorizing
BrE BrE//ˈɔːθəraɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːθəraɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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to give official permission for something, or for somebody to do something authorize something I can authorize payments up to £5 000. an authorized biography authorize somebody to do something I have authorized him to act for me while I am away. The soldiers were authorized to shoot at will. see also unauthorized Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French autoriser, from medieval Latin auctorizare, from auctor, from augere ‘increase, originate, promote’.Extra examples The manager had expressly authorized the goods to be removed. Access is controlled so that only authorized people can use it. She tried to break into a security file for which she was not authorized. Taxes must be authorized by an Act of Parliament. The Queen authorized her press secretary to demand an apology. The police were authorized to record his phone conversations.
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