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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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