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authorize +‎ -ation


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authorization (countable and uncountable, plural authorizations) (American spelling, Oxford British English)

  1. (countable) An act of authorizing.
    • 1966, Education at Berkeley, page 116:
      Our proposal thus envisages a new procedure for the authorization of experimental program
    • 1985 May, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, volume 41, number 5, page 46:
      His authorization of decapitation targeting is incompatible with his theory of limited war
    • 1990, Horst Ungerer, The European monetary system: developments and perspectives, page 36:
      Its purpose is to govern the authorization of credit institutions and the provision of financial services throughout the EC.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being authorized to do something or to be somewhere; formally granted permission.
    I've got authorization. Call the office and you'll see.
  3. (countable) A document giving formal sanction, permission or warrant.
    Can I see your authorization?
  4. (government) Permission, possibly limited, to spend funds for a specific budgetary purpose.
    We've had the authorization for years, but we've never gotten an appropriation.


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  • approval (in some legal contexts, authorization is different from approval)

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