authorization-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: A document giving official instruction or command.

Commentary: AUTORIZATION[+concrete]

The secretary handed her the authorization.
We need an address to mail the authorization.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: The power or right to do something, or the official order giving this right.

Commentary: AUTHORIZATION[+abstract]

Deputies are given authorization to issue warrants.
Authorization for the program was renewed several times.
Managers are often given authorization to fire employees.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: the act of conferring legality, sanction, or formal warrant.

Commentary: AUTHORIZATION[+event]

The President gave authorization to the Department of Defense.
The CEO gave me authorization to access the funds that afternoon.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4