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From pre- +‎ authorize.


preauthorize (third-person singular simple present preauthorizes, present participle preauthorizing, simple past and past participle preauthorized)

  1. To authorize in advance.
    • 1977, Savings and Loan News - Volume 98, Issues 1-6[1], page 58:
      Associations can reap these benefits by convincing customers to preauthorize payments.
    • 2005, Austin T. Fragomen, Immigration Procedures Handbook[2], page 247:
      Applicants applying by mail may preauthorize payment of the fee at the time the application is made.
    • 2011, Michael W. Doyle, Striking First[3], →ISBN, page 101:
      You cannot preauthorize a legal defense.