authorizeau·thor·ize /ˈɔːθəraɪzˈɒː-/ (also authorise British EnglishBrE) verb [transitiveT] to give official or legal permission for something
The board has authorized the buy-back of 85,000 shares.
The bill would authorize $850 million a year in grants to states to carry out school-improvement plans.
authorize somebody to do something
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the company to restart production.
—authorized (also authorised British EnglishBrE) adjectiveadj
The company has a large network of authorized dealers.
—authorization (also authorisation British EnglishBrE) noun [countableC, uncountableU]
The airline got authorization for four weekly cargo flights to Chicago.
He was accused of taking $38,000 from the company without authorization.
The government is threatening to reduce export authorizations.