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authorize

au·thor·ize

authorize

 
 
pronunciation:
aw th raIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: authorized, authorizes, authorizing
definition 1: to give authority for or to; grant power to.
The child's mother authorized the surgeon to perform the operation.The lieutenant governor is not authorized to make these kinds of decisions.
synonyms:
empower
antonyms:
prohibit
similar words:
accredit, allow, commission, delegate, enable, entitle, license, mandate, ordain, privilege, sanction, warrant
definition 2: to grant permission for or to; approve.
The mayor authorized a parade through the downtown area.
synonyms:
allow, approve, permit
antonyms:
forbid, prohibit, proscribe
similar words:
accredit, clear, endorse, license, mandate, privilege, ratify, sanction
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