Authorize Au"thor*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Authorized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Authorizing}.] [OE. autorize, F. autoriser, fr. LL. auctorizare, authorisare. See {Author}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To make legal; to give legal sanction to; to legalize; as, to authorize a marriage. [1913 Webster]

3. To establish by authority, as by usage or public opinion; to sanction; as, idioms authorized by usage. [1913 Webster]

4. To sanction or confirm by the authority of some one; to warrant; as, to authorize a report. [1913 Webster]

A woman's story at a winter's fire, Authorized by her grandam. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To justify; to furnish a ground for. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

{To authorize one's self}, to rely for authority. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Authorizing himself, for the most part, upon other histories. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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