Meaning of authorize

au•thor•ize

Pronunciation: (ô'thu-rīz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to give authority or official power to; empower: to authorize an employee to sign purchase orders.
  2. to give authority for; formally sanction (an act or proceeding): Congress authorized the new tax on tobacco.
  3. to establish by authority or usage: an arrangement long authorized by etiquette books.
  4. to afford a ground for; warrant; justify.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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