Definition of enfranchise in English:


Line breaks: en|fran¦chise
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfran(t)ʃʌɪz
, ɛn-/


[with object]
  • 1Give the right to vote to: a proposal that foreigners should be enfranchised for local elections
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    • 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 voting rights to, give the vote to, give suffrage to, grant suffrage to, grant franchise to
  • 1.1 historical Give (a town) the right to be represented in Parliament.
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    • The Reform Act of 1832 eliminated many anomalies, and enfranchised the new industrial towns, which had hitherto been unrepresented.



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  • 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.


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'.

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