Definition of enfranchise in English:

enfranchise

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

verb

[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.
Synonyms
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.
2 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.
Synonyms
naturalize, grant citizenship to, confer citizenship on
historical manumit
rare affranchise, disenthral, citizenize

Origin

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'.

Derivatives

enfranchisement

noun
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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