• (America) IPA: /ˈɔθəɹaɪz/, /ˈɑθəɹaɪz/
  • (Canada) IPA: /ˈɒθəɹaɪz/, /ˈɑθəɹaɪz/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɔːθəɹaɪz/

authorize (authorizes, present participle authorizing; past and past participle authorized)

  1. (transitive) To grant (someone) the permission or power necessary to do (something).
    The General Assembly authorized the Council to take up the matter.
  2. (transitive) To permit (something), to sanction or consent to (something).
    The judge authorized the wiretapping.
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