authorize

To authorize is to give official approval or clearance for something. Authorizing can also delegate power to someone.

Authorities are people with power, and to authorize is to use or grant some of that power to another. A visa authorizes you to visit a specific country. A search warrant authorizes the police to search a house. A doctor's note authorizes someone to miss work or school. Also, authorizing can be a form of delegating powers or responsibilities. The president of a company could authorize a worker to make a particular decision. Authorizing officially allows something to happen.

Definitions of authorize
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v grant authorization or clearance for

“The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography”
Synonyms:
authorise, clear, pass
Types:
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approbate
approve or sanction officially
certificate
authorize by certificate
O.K., approve, okay, sanction
give sanction to
declare
authorize payments of
certify, licence, license
authorize officially
commission
charge with a task
formalise, formalize, validate
declare or make legally valid
sanction
give religious sanction to, such as through on oath
visa
approve officially
franchise
grant a franchise to
charter
grant a charter to
back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
be behind; approve of
ratify, sign
approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
co-sign, cosign
sign jointly
probate
establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)
accredit, recognise, recognize
grant credentials to
confirm
support a person for a position
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v give or delegate power or authority to

“She authorized her assistant to sign the papers”
Synonyms:
authorise, empower
Types:
entitle
give the right to
sanction
give authority or permission to
Type of:
appoint, charge
assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to

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