English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'authorize'

(verb) 
Definition
to give authority to
They authorized him to use force if necessary.
Synonyms
empower
The trustees of the museum are empowered to sell items from its collection.
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commission
You can commission them to paint something especially for you.
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enable
The authorities issued visas to enable them to enter the country.
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entitle
Your contract entitles you to a full refund.
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accredit
The degree programme is fully accredited by the Institute of Engineers.
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give authority to
(verb) 
Definition
to give official permission for
We are willing to authorize a police raid.
Synonyms
permit
I was permitted to bring my camera into the concert.
Our constitution does not permit the sending of troops.
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allow
Talking amongst yourselves is not allowed.
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confirm
Mrs Suarez is due to be confirmed as President on Friday.
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agree to
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approve
MPs approved the bill by a majority of 97.
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sanction
He may seem ready to sanction the use of force.
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endure
I simply can't endure another moment of her company.
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license
the council can license a U.S. company to produce the drug
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endorse
I can endorse this statement wholeheartedly.
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warrant
The allegations are serious enough to warrant an investigation.
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tolerate
I will not tolerate breaches of the code of conduct.
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ratify
They have yet to ratify the treaty.
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consent to
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countenance
The planners will not countenance any changes to the exterior of the barn.
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give leave
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give the green light for
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give a blank cheque to
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give authority for
Opposites
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rule out
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criminalize

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accredit
Definition
to give official recognition to
The degree programme is fully accredited by the Institute of Engineers.
in the sense of allow
Definition
to permit someone to do something
Talking amongst yourselves is not allowed.
in the sense of approve
Definition
to authorize or agree to
MPs approved the bill by a majority of 97.
Synonyms
agree to,
go along with,
consent to,
buy into (informal),
rubber stamp,
give the go-ahead to (informal),
give the green light to,
assent to,
concur in,
greenlight,
O.K. or okay (informal)

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