Something that's authorized is officially approved. If the principal of your school has given you the go-ahead to throw a Hawaiian-themed party, you can call it an authorized luau.

The adjective authorized comes from the verb authorize, which means "give formal approval or sanction to." Both words go back to the Latin root auctor, "authority." So when an authority grants her approval or permission to do something, it becomes authorized. You'll need an authorized passport if you want to travel to a foreign country.

Definitions of authorized
  1. adjective
    sanctioned by established authority
    “the authorized biography”
    synonyms: authorised, authoritative
    having official authority or sanction
  2. adjective
    endowed with authority
    synonyms: authorised
    accredited, commissioned, licenced, licensed
    given official approval to act
    approved, sanctioned
    established by authority; given authoritative approval
    canonised, canonized, glorified
    accorded sacrosanct or authoritative standing
    empowered, sceptered, sceptred
    invested with legal power or official authority especially as symbolized by having a scepter
    conformable to or allowed by law
    of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
    having official authority or sanction
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    unauthorised, unauthorized
    not endowed with authority
    designated or chosen by yourself
    unaccredited, unlicenced, unlicensed
    lacking official approval
    of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
    not having official authority or sanction
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