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
  1. verb
    grant authorization or clearance for
    “The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography”
    synonyms: authorise, clear, pass
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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
  2. verb
    give or delegate power or authority to
    “She authorized her assistant to sign the papers”
    synonyms: authorise, empower
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    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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