Authorize and Tell


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Authorize verb – To give official or legal power to.
Tell and authorize are semantically related In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Authorize".
Nearby Words: authority, authorise, author, authorization, authorised
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Tell verb – To issue orders to (someone) by right of authority.
Usage example: told us to sit still and wait

Authorize and tell are semantically related in communicate topic. Sometimes you can use "Authorize" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
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  • Mainframe computer systems have a special terminal where the system operator can issue privileged commands to the system, to do things mere mortals can't do, like tell the system you've mounted a tape, or to authorize special privileges.
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