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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.