Definition for AU'THOR-IZE

AU'THOR-IZE, v.t. [Fr. autoriser; Sp. autorizar.]

  1. To give authority, warrant or legal power to; to give a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners to settle the boundary of the state.
  2. To make legal; as, to authorize a marriage.
  3. To establish by authority, as by usage, or public opinion; as, an authorized idiom of language.
  4. To give authority, credit or reputation to; as, to authorize a report, or opinion.
  5. To justify; to support as right; as, suppress desires which reason does not authorize.

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