au·thor·ize (ôth-rz) KEY
au·thor·ized, au·thor·iz·ing, au·thor·iz·es
Middle English auctorisen, from Old French autoriser, from Medieval Latin auctrizre, from Latin auctor, author ; see author
authorize, accredit, commission, empower, license
These verbs mean to give someone the authority to act: authorized her partner to negotiate on her behalf; a representative who was accredited by his government; commissioned the real-estate agent to purchase the house; was empowered to make decisions during the president's absence; a pharmacist licensed to practice in two states.