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English verb: authorize

1. authorize (communication) grant authorization or clearance for


SamplesClear the manuscript for publication.
The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography.


Synonymsauthorise, clear, pass


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit


Narrower (hyponym)approbate, approve, certificate, certify, commission, declare, formalise, formalize, licence, license, O.K., okay, sanction, validate

2. authorize (social) give or delegate power or authority to


SamplesShe authorized her assistant to sign the papers.


Synonymsauthorise, empower


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)appoint, charge


Narrower (hyponym)entitle, sanction









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