Definition of authorize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

authorize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈɔθəˌraɪz//
 
[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they authorize
 
he / she / it authorizes
 
past simple authorized
 
-ing form authorizing
 
 
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to give official permission for something, or for someone 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
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