disempower

verb
dis·​em·​pow·​er | \ ˌdis-im-ˈpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce disempower (audio) \
disempowered; disempowering; disempowers

Definition of disempower

transitive verb

: to deprive of power, authority, or influence : make weak, ineffectual, or unimportant

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Other Words from disempower

disempowerment \ ˌdis-​im-​ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​mənt How to pronounce disempowerment (audio) \ noun

Examples of disempower in a Sentence

They have been disempowered by a society that believes they are intellectually inferior.

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And in Maryland, Judge Hazel has been ordered by a federal appeals court to examine new evidence pointing to racial motives for the citizenship question's inclusion: disempowering Hispanics. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "President Trump sows confusion over census plans and addition of a citizenship question," 3 July 2019 And to heighten that rush, to bring home the sense of power, someone else needs to be disempowered. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Since season 1, Jessica Jones has struggled to mix horror with superheroes," 18 June 2019 Some critics say Jazzercise not only left dominant and disempowering beauty ideals intact, but also helped perpetuate them. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The Atlantic, "The World That Jazzercise Built," 16 June 2019 In every successful case Ms. Kleinfeld studied, centralizing power through surveillance, intelligence or asset seizure was essential to disempowering corrupt and complicit parts of government. Ann Toews, WSJ, "‘A Savage Order’ Review: When a State Fuels Bloodshed," 11 Dec. 2018 One of Khosrowshahi’s first accomplishments was a grand-bargain deal that restructured the company’s governance and disempowered some early power players like former CEO Travis Kalanick and Benchmark (who were in the middle of a lawsuit). Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi thinks he has controlled his famously fractious board of directors," 9 Oct. 2018 And then there were the violent acts and threats leading up to the election that contributed to an environment that left many voters, in particular people of color and members of minority groups, increasingly disempowered. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Racial gerrymandering — that is, the intentional manipulation of district boundaries in a way to favor one group of voters and disempower another — has already had its day in court and been found unconstitutional. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the Supreme Court Keeps Dodging the Question of Partisan Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 Change has come abruptly since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman charted out plans to wean Saudi Arabia off oil two years ago, which will be tough to do if half its population is disempowered. Fortune, "Saudi Arabia Is About to Let Women Drive. Here's Why Some Will Keep Their Driving Licenses a Secret," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of disempower

1813, in the meaning defined above

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disempower

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disempower

: to cause (a person or a group of people) to be less likely than others to succeed : to prevent (a person or group) from having power, authority, or influence

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