One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the government authorized further aircraft production’
give permission for, permit, sanction, allow, agree to, approve, give one's assent to, give one's consent to, consent to, assent to, accede to, countenance
license, legalize, make legal, legitimize, legitimatize
ratify, endorse, validate, accredit, warrant
informal give the green light to, give the go-ahead for, give the OK to, OK, give the thumbs up to
North American rare approbate
2‘the Commander-in-Chief authorized him to recruit a further six officers’
give someone the authority, give someone permission, mandate, commission, empower
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