Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb authorize

2 senses of authorize

Sense 1
authorize, authorise, pass, clear -- (grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography")
       => permit, allow, let, countenance -- (consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam")

Sense 2
empower, authorise, authorize -- (give or delegate power or authority to; "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers")
       => appoint, charge -- (assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance")

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