Definition of authorize :
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 establish by authority, as by usage or public opinion; to sanction; as, idioms authorized by usage.
3. To justify; to furnish a ground for.
4. To make legal; to give legal sanction to; to legalize; as, to authorize a marriage.
5. To sanction or confirm by the authority of some one; to warrant; as, to authorize a report.
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enable (part of speech: verb)
delegate (part of speech: verb)
influence (part of speech: verb)
permit (part of speech: verb)
authorize (part of speech: verb)
empower (part of speech: verb)
approve (part of speech: verb)
- The Emperor called it the crime of war; and I heard him often express in most vehement terms the horror with which it inspired him, which was so extreme that at no time did he authorize it during his long series of triumphs. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
- Can Congress, in regulating commerce among the several States, authorize the transportation of articles from one State, and their sale in another, which they have not power so to authorize in any State? - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
- The legislature, influenced more strongly with the same apprehensions, has restrained the Directors, as the Directors have restrained their servants, and have gone so far as to call in the power of the Lords of the Treasury to authorize the acceptance of any bills beyond an amount prescribed in the act. - "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.