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authorize

verb [T] uk ( UK usually authorise)   /ˈɔː.θər.aɪz/ us    /ˈɑː.θɚ-/
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.
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uk ( UK usually authorised)   /ˈɔː.θər.aɪzd/ us    /ˈɑː.θɚ-/
C1 This is a restricted area, open to authorized (= permitted) personnel only.
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