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From Middle English auctorisen, from Old French auctorisier, from Medieval Latin auctorizare, from Latin auctor. See author about the orthography with <h>. Doublet of octroy.



authorize (third-person singular simple present authorizes, present participle authorizing, simple past and past participle authorized)

  1. (transitive) To grant (someone) the permission or power necessary to do (something).
    The General Assembly authorized the Council to take up the matter.
  2. (transitive) To permit (something), to sanction or consent to (something).
    The judge authorized the wiretapping.

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