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To empower another with the legal right to perform an action.

The Constitution authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

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v. to officially empower someone to act. (See: authority)

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We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras throughout our cities.
A consumer authorizes a one-time EFT (in providing a check to a merchant or other payee for the MICR encoding), where the consumer receives notice that the transaction will be processed as an EFT and completes the transaction.
Authorize all licensees to invoke common-law principles of trespass and nuisance in state or federal court to protect property interests in spectrum.
BIS will make conforming changes to the EAR to generally authorize exports and re-exports of eligible items to establish and maintain a physical or business presence that is authorized by OFAC.
"Congress confirmed and supplemented the President's constitutional authority to authorize this program when it passed the AUMF [Authorization for the Use of Military Force].
It authorizes a permanent increase in special pay for duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger and for family separation allowances, and increases special pays for members of the National Guard and Reserve for enlistment and reenlistment.
* Section 8109 states that, during FY2001, under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, the Center of Excellence for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance may also pay, or authorize payment for, the expenses of providing or facilitating education and training for appropriate military and civilian personnel of foreign countries in disaster management, peace operations, and humanitarian assistance.
10 thus effectively authorizes all holding company powers to be funded in the bank at funding costs significantly lower than the funding costs of its holding company.
Five months after the Charter was ratified, Congress passed the little-known and extremely dangerous "United Nations Participation Act." Two separate clauses in Section 6 of that act authorize the president to assign U.S.
"For almost 20 years now, since the New York City fiscal crisis of the 1970s, we've been cautioning officials who authorize the issuance of municipal securities that they have a critical role in ensuring that official statements representing those securities are accurate and not misleading," said Levitt.
Islamabad -- The Executive Board of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) decided to authorize three investigations.
The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) also decided to authorize two (2) investigations.