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
  1. noun
    official permission or approval
    synonyms: authorisation, authority, sanction
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    approval to do something
  2. noun
    a document giving an official instruction or command
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
    “deputies are given authorization to make arrests”
    synonyms: 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
  4. noun
    the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
    synonyms: authorisation, empowerment
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    the act of final authorization
    licence, 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
    (religion) official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions
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    direction, management
    the act of managing something
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