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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) (American spelling, Oxford British English)

  1. (transitive) To grant (someone) the permission or power necessary to do (something); to permit; to sanction or consent to.
    Synonyms: license, permit
    Antonyms: ban, prohibit, deauthorize
    The General Assembly authorized the Council to take up the matter.
    The judge authorized the wiretapping.

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