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Au"thor*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Authorized (); p. pr. & vb. n. Authorizing.] [OE. autorize, F. autoriser, fr. LL. auctorizare, authorisare. See Author.]


To clothe with authority, warrant, or legal power; to give a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners to settle a boundary.


To make legal; to give legal sanction to; to legalize; as, to authorize a marriage.


To establish by authority, as by usage or public opinion; to sanction; as, idioms authorized by usage.


To sanction or confirm by the authority of some one; to warrant; as, to authorize a report.

A woman's story at a winter's fire, Authorized by her grandam. Shak.


To justify; to furnish a ground for.


To authorize one's self

To authorize one's self

, to rely for authority.


Authorizing himself, for the most part, upon other histories. Sir P. Sidney.


© Webster 1913.

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