from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb grant authorization or clearance for. Same as authorize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb chiefly British Alternative spelling of authorize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb give or delegate power or authority to
  • verb grant authorization or clearance for


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

author +‎ -ise


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word authorise.


  • Although he did not "authorise" the book, he gave several interviews for it and answered - perhaps naively - the question about his Oxford contemporary's death.

    Archbishop's New Statesman magazine interview 2008

  • In particular, I am shocked by the following entry, which seems to be supporting the right of a small unelected and I believe unrepresentative group to "authorise" or not the translation of a work into their language:

    On a top ten of endangered languages DC 2008

  • The High Court has told Usenet indexing company Newzbin that it is liable for the copyright infringement of its users, that it did 'authorise' that copying by organising its system to encourage the downloading of films and TV programmes that were protected by copyright.

    The Register Team Register 2010

  • He also said that he did not "authorise" the publication of the interview, which was still on the website Monday evening.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News 2010

  • The court found that iiNet users did indeed breach copyright, but that the ISP did not "authorise" this infringement.

    CRN Australia - News - 2010

  • Leave the government institutions, but who is going to 'authorise' private institutions to run a check on our privacy? 2009

  • The shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, said the government had failed to authorise an immediate investigation to prevent funds leaving the UK for less regulated offshore tax havens.

    Egyptian officials' assets to be traced by Serious Organised Crime Agency 2011

  • But I did not authorise them to say this in a public advertisement as they have done.

    Letter 182 2009

  • A panel of former judges oversees the interception of electronic communication – and the home secretary must authorise its collection.

    Policing and surveillance: The inspector calls | Editorial 2011

  • In a rare display of cross-party consensus, the US House of Representatives scheduled a swift vote on a bill to authorise the US commerce department to impose duties on Chinese imports to cancel out what some politicians claim is a 40% discount on their price on global markets.

    US politicians threaten trade war with China Andrew Clark in New York 2010


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.