Au·thor·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Authorized p. pr. & vb. n. Authorizing.]
1. To clothe with authority, warrant, or legal power; to give a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners to settle a boundary.
2. To make legal; to give legal sanction to; to legalize; as, to authorize a marriage.
3. To establish by authority, as by usage or public opinion; to sanction; as, idioms authorized by usage.
4. 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.
5. To justify; to furnish a ground for.
To authorize one's self, to rely for authority. [Obs.]
Authorizing himself, for the most part, upon other histories. --Sir P. Sidney.
1. Possessed of or endowed with authority; as, an authorized agent.
2. Sanctioned by authority.
The Authorized Version of the Bible is the English translation of the Bible published in 1611 under sanction of King James I. It was “appointed to be read in churches,” and has been the accepted English Bible. The Revised Version was published in a complete form in 1855.
adj 1: endowed with authority [syn: authorised] [ant: unauthorized]
2: sanctioned by established authority; "an authoritative
communique"; "the authorized biography" [syn: authoritative,