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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Authorize \Au"thor*ize\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Authorized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Authorizing}.] [OE. autorize, F. autoriser, fr. LL. auctorizare, authorisare. See {Author}.]

1. To clothe with authority, warrant, or legal power; to give a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners to settle a boundary.

2. To make legal; to give legal sanction to; to legalize; as, to authorize a marriage.

3. To establish by authority, as by usage or public opinion; to sanction; as, idioms authorized by usage.

4. To sanction or confirm by the authority of some one; to warrant; as, to authorize a report.

A woman's story at a winter's fire, Authorized by her grandam. --Shak.

5. To justify; to furnish a ground for. --Locke.

{To authorize one's self}, to rely for authority. [Obs.]

Authorizing himself, for the most part, upon other histories. --Sir P. Sidney.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography" [syn: {authorize}, {authorise}, {pass}, {clear}]

2: give or delegate power or authority to; "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers" [syn: {empower}, {authorise}, {authorize}]

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