authorize


authorize
authorize, commission, accredit, license denote in common to invest with power or the right to act.
One authorizes a person to act for oneself when he is given the necessary legal right or power with or without instructions of a specific character. Often discretionary powers are implied
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authorize a friend to make an answer to an attack on one’s character

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our clerks are authorized to receive contributions for the Red Cross

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One commissions a person when one not only authorizes but instructs him to perform a definite duty or office
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I am commissioned to make you an offer which I have told him . . . you would not accept— Gray

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Commission may imply appointment as one’s business agent (as in buying, selling, or supplying goods) or it may suggest an order to do a certain kind of work, especially work of a professional or artistic nature
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commissioned an artist to paint his children’s portraits

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One accredits a person when one sends him, invested with authority and possessed of the proper credentials, as a representative, delegate, or ambassador
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John Hay was accredited to the Court of St. James’s

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the sovereign to whom I am accreditedMotley

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One licenses a person or a business, a trade, or a craft when one grants formal legal permission to act in a certain capacity or to carry on a particular business, trade, or craft
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license a teacher

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license medical school graduates to practice medicine

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a licensed dental laboratory

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License sometimes stresses permission so strongly that the implication of authorization is obscured and that of regulation substituted
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license beggars

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license a restaurant to sell liquor

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Analogous words: empower, *enable: permit, allow, *let
Contrasted words: enjoin, *forbid, prohibit, interdict

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  • authorize — au·tho·rize / ȯ thə ˌrīz/ vt rized, riz·ing 1: to give permission to 2: to give authority to act to au·tho·ri·za·tion /ˌȯ thə rə zā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • Authorize — Au thor*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Authorized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Authorizing}.] [OE. autorize, F. autoriser, fr. LL. auctorizare, authorisare. See {Author}.] 1. To clothe with authority, warrant, or legal power; to give a right to act; to empower; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • authorize — au‧thor‧ize [ˈɔːθəraɪz ǁ ˈɒː ] also authorise verb [transitive] 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • authorize — [ô′thər īz΄] vt. authorized, authorizing [ME autorisen < OFr autoriser < ML auctorizare < L auctor, AUTHOR] 1. to give official approval to or permission for [a housing project authorized by the city] 2. to give power or authority to;… …   English World dictionary

  • authorize — (v.) give formal approval to, late 14c., autorisen, from O.Fr. autoriser authorize, give authority to (12c.), from M.L. auctorizare, from auctor (see AUTHOR (Cf. author)). Modern spelling from 16c. Related: Authorized; authorizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • authorize — [v1] give power or control accredit, bless, commission, empower, enable, entitle, give authority, give the go ahead*, give the green light*, give the word*, invest, license, okay, rubber stamp*, say the word*, vest; concepts 50,88 Ant. deny,… …   New thesaurus

  • authorize — (Amer.) au·thor·ize || ɔːθəraɪz v. permit; approve; empower (also authorise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • authorize — (also authorise) ► VERB ▪ give official permission for or approval to. DERIVATIVES authorization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • authorize */ — UK [ˈɔːθəraɪz] / US [ˈɔθəˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms authorize : present tense I/you/we/they authorize he/she/it authorizes present participle authorizing past tense authorized past participle authorized to give official permission for… …   English dictionary

  • authorize — verb Authorize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑congress, ↑law, ↑president, ↑resolution, ↑statute Authorize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑detention, ↑expenditure, ↑funding, ↑payment, ↑rele …   Collocations dictionary


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