Pronunciation: (ô"thur-u-zā'shun), [key]
1. the act of authorizing.
2. permission or power granted by an authority; sanction.
3. a legislative act authorizing money to be spent for government programs that specifies a maximum spending level without provision for actual funds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.