Authorization is an official form of approval for something. You'll probably need to get authorization from the owner of a coffee shop before you hang your oil paintings on the walls.

People in control are known as authorities, and their official okay, or authorization, gives you the ability to do something. The authorization of a loan means the bank grants the loan. Authorization can also refer to someone's power — if you are able to fire people, you have the authorization to do so. At the root of authorization is the verb authorize, which comes from the Latin auctor, "master or leader," or "one who causes to grow."

Definitions of authorization

n official permission or approval

authorisation, authority, sanction
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approval to do something

n a document giving an official instruction or command

authorisation, mandate
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instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

n the power or right to give orders or make decisions

“deputies are given authorization to make arrests”
authorisation, authority, dominance, potency, say-so
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power of appointment
authority given (in a will or deed) by a donor to a donee to appoint the beneficiaries of the donor's property
carte blanche
complete freedom or authority to act
the power or authority to command
supreme authority; absolute dominion
the authority of a lord
authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way)
the authority of a state to govern another state
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power to direct or determine

n the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant

authorisation, empowerment
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the act of final authorization
license, permission, permit
the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
certification, enfranchisement
the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
commission, commissioning
the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
delegating, delegation, deputation, relegating, relegation
authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
loan approval
formal authorization to get a loan (usually from a bank)
rubber stamp
routine authorization of an action without questions
benefit of clergy
sanction by a religious rite
by the sanction or authority of
nihil obstat
authoritative approval
the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)
the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
devolution, devolvement
the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
permission to proceed
conge, congee
formal permission to depart
the act of allowing
an exemption from some rule or obligation
official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion)
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direction, management
the act of managing something

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