Elizabeth was sitting with her mother and sisters, reflecting on what she had heard, and doubting whether she were authorised to mention it.(Chapter 23)
"She were authorised to mention it."
authorise：vt. 意味授权，批准，允许；authorise sb. to do sth. 允许某人做某事
例句：Mr Stewart was supposed to log in and authorise the bank's electronic payments.
同义词：confirm , commission , grant 等等。大家应该对它的词源 authority：n.权威 非常了解吧。另外一些短语：
have authority over (或with ) 对…有权力
vest someone with authority 授权某人
on good authority 有确实可靠的根据
Some see it as a body that could authorise the use of force; others want it to start small and prove itself.
Many are under the misapprehension that it is a vote to authorise new spending, not permission to pay the bills that this and earlier Congresses have already run up.
Evidence that the website has been under much scrutiny –I wonder if the bosses will notice this, and authorise the investment needed to make it more technically robust.