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authorize

au·thor·ize

authorize

 
pronunciation:
aw th raIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: authorized, authorizes, authorizing
definition 1: to give authority to.
My mother authorized the doctor to treat my brother's broken arm.
antonyms:
prohibit
similar words:
commission, delegate, enable, entitle, license, mandate, ordain
definition 2: to give official permission to; allow or approve.
The mayor authorized a parade through downtown.
synonyms:
allow, approve, permit
antonyms:
forbid, prohibit
similar words:
clear, endorse, license, mandate, ratify, sanction
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