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enfranchise

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verb en·fran·chise \in-ˈfran-ˌchīz, en-\

Simple Definition of enfranchise

  • : to give (someone) the legal right to vote

Full Definition of enfranchise

en·fran·chiseden·fran·chis·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set free (as from slavery)

  3. 2 :  to endow with a franchise: as a :  to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to the right of suffrage b :  to admit (a municipality) to political privileges or rights

en·fran·chise·ment play \-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun

Examples of enfranchise

  1. <in a way, modern labor-saving appliances enfranchised people, giving them much more leisure time>



Origin of enfranchise

Middle English, from Anglo-French enfranchiss-, stem of enfranchir, from en- + franc free — more at frank


First Known Use: 15th century



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