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"authorize" in British English

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authorizeverb [T]

(UK usually authorise) uk   /ˈɔː.θər.aɪz/  us   /ˈɑː.θɚ-/
C1 to give ​officialpermission for something to ​happen, or to give someone ​officialpermission to do something: Who authorized this ​expenditure? [+ to infinitive] I authorized my ​bank topay her £3,000.

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authorized
(UK usually authorised) uk   /ˈɔː.θər.aɪzd/  us   /ˈɑː.θɚ-/
C1 This is a ​restrictedarea, ​open to authorized (= ​permitted)personnel only.
(Definition of authorize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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authorizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈɔ·θəˌrɑɪz/
to give ​officialpermission for something to ​happen, or to give someone ​officialpermission to do something: The ​board authorized a new ​contract.
authorization
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌɔ·θər·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/
[U] I can’t ​issue a ​check without authorization.
(Definition of authorize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"authorize" in Business English

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authorizeverb [T]

(UK also authorise) uk   us   /ˈɔːθəraɪz/
to give ​officialpermission for something to ​happen, or to give someone ​officialpermission to do something: The Board of Directors has authorized a ​share buy-back ​program for up to 60 million ​shares of the ​company.authorize sb to do sth Their ​technologiesdivision has been authorised to ​sell, ​support, and ​traincustomers on the new ​mobilesystem.
authorized
adjective ( UK also authorised)
authorized ​retailers and ​wholesalers
(Definition of authorize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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