verb[with object and infinitive]
- 1Give (someone) the authority or power to do something: members are empowered to audit the accounts of limited companiesMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights: movements to empower the poorMore 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.
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- 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.