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empower

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpaʊə
 
, ɛm-/

Definition of empower in English:

verb

[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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
emancipate, unyoke, unfetter, unshackle, unchain, set free, give freedom to
historical enfranchise

Derivatives

empowerment

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Once you have had a flavour of freedom and the empowerment it brings, you can't go back.
  • Again she seems to have found a message of personal empowerment.
  • They strive to promote the arts as a means for social change and personal empowerment.

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