Definition of empower in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpaʊə/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈpaʊə/


[with object and infinitive]
1Give (someone) the authority or power to do something: members are empowered to audit the accounts of limited companies
More example sentences
  • Smith was also empowered to make arrangements for a mass meeting, but action was delayed until the following month.
  • The U.N. has never established a court empowered to do so.
  • New cabinet members are not legally empowered because they have not been officially appointed yet.
authorize, license, entitle, permit, allow, sanction, warrant, commission, delegate, certify, accredit, qualify;
give someone the authority, give someone permission;
enable, equip, give the power to, give the means to
informal give the go-ahead to, give the green light to, OK, give the OK to, give the thumbs up to
1.1 [with object] Make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights: movements to empower the poor
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  • Afrikaner women were newly empowered by more extensive literacy and the franchise.
  • Newly empowered consumers can appropriate and manipulate the brand in whatever way they want.
  • An economically empowered community may be able thereafter to access other health services.
emancipate, unyoke, unfetter, unshackle, unchain, set free, give freedom to
historical enfranchise

Words that rhyme with empower

bower, cower, devour, dower, embower, endower, flour, flower, gaur, Glendower, glower, hour, lour, lower, our, plougher (US plower), power, scour, shower, sour, Stour, sweet-and-sour, tower

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