Definition of enfranchise in English:


Syllabification: en·fran·chise
Pronunciation: /inˈfranˌCHīz
, enˈfranˌCHīz


[with object]
1Give the right to vote to: a proposal that foreigners should be enfranchised for local elections
More example sentences
  • After 1860, the trend across Europe was to widen the male electorate and enfranchise women for local elections.
  • They will not suddenly enfranchise women, hold elections and step aside from power.
  • Women over 30 were enfranchised in 1918; and women over 21 received the vote in 1928.
give the vote to, give suffrage to, grant suffrage to
1.1 historical Free (a slave).
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  • All these raised themselves from humble origins to be powerful rulers simply by enfranchising the slaves who joined them.…
  • For Stowe, this French colonial tendency to enfranchise mixed-race slaves went hand-in-hand with the history of French slave rebellion.
  • A quarter of a million slaves were liberated and enfranchised in the Caribbean, while a new port settlement was also established in 1849 at Libreville in the Gabon for former slaves.


late Middle English (formerly also as infranchise): from Old French enfranchiss-, lengthened stem of enfranchir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + franc, franche 'free'.



More example sentences
  • Many of the issues debated at the State of the Black World Conference, like health care, voter enfranchisement, reparations and political empowerment, deserve the attention they received.
  • This has become a critical element to the sustainability of our democracy because it maintains the enfranchisement of the people on an ongoing basis between elections.
  • Like the black youth of the 1960s who fueled the Civil Rights Movement that led to the enfranchisement of black people at the polls, we are in a position to be a catalyst for change.

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