Meaning of “authorize” in the English Dictionary

"authorize" in British English

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authorizeverb [ T ]

UK usually authorise uk /ˈɔː.θər.aɪz/ us /ˈɑː.θɚ.aɪz/

C1 to give official permission for something to happen, or to give someone official permission to do something:

Who authorized this expenditure?
[ + to infinitive ] I authorized my bank to pay her £3,000.

More examples

  • They have authorized awards of £900 to each of the victims.
  • The prime minister authorized a pre-emptive air strike against the rebels.
  • The government has authorized the army to sell its surplus weapons.
  • Several unreliable dealers have been struck off our list of authorized suppliers.
  • The United Nations has authorized the use of air strikes.
authorized
UK usually authorised uk /ˈɔː.θər.aɪzd/ us /ˈɑː.θɚ.aɪzd/

C1

This is a restricted area, open to authorized (= permitted) personnel only.

(Definition of “authorize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"authorize" in American English

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authorizeverb [ T ]

us /ˈɔ·θəˌrɑɪz/

to give official permission for something to happen, or to give someone official permission 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 /ˈɔːθəraɪz/ us

to give official permission for something to happen, or to give someone official permission 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 technologies division has been authorised to sell, support, and train customers on the new mobile system.
authorized
adjective UK also authorised

authorized retailers and wholesalers

(Definition of “authorize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)