Definition of empower in English:

empower

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpaʊə
 
, ɛm-/

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

noun
More 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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