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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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Funding for some agencies and programs is provided by the authorizing legislation, bypassing this two-step process.
If the FISA Court denies an application for an order authorizing a national security wiretap or search, the matter is referred under seal to the FISA Court of Review, comprised of three federal judges selected by the chief justice of the U.S.
1199 of the magic words authorizing "all necessary means" found in other Security Council resolutions authorizing the use of force, such as 678 (Iraq) and 940 (Haiti), that sent international lawyers scampering for an international legal justification for the use of force in Kosovo.
There are no set rules that a corporation must follow in authorizing an unspecified officer to sign a return.
Pointing to statements approved by the Security Council in recent months that Iraq had not complied, the author seemed to imply - misleadingly - that that added up to authorizing an armed attack by a particular member of the United Nations.
The SEC released a report of its investigation into the conduct of the board of supervisors members in authorizing the issuance of certain municipal securities.
authorizing the President to provide $25 million in loan guarantees in support of commercial weapons sales under certain conditions."
"In addition to undermining the 180-day exclusivity provision of the law [Hatch-Waxman], this practice of a branded company authorizing a generic is completely misleading to consumers," charges Mylan vice chairman and chief executive officer Robert Coury.
This oversight is accomplished through the filing of regular reports with the authorizing judge "sho wing what progress has been made toward achievement of the authorized objective and the need for continued interception." (2)
In the intervening years, authorizing language has been included in the annual foreign operations appropriations act.