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

Other Words from disempower

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

Examples of disempower in a Sentence

They have been disempowered by a society that believes they are intellectually inferior.
Recent Examples on the Web Power differentials, on the other hand, can occur when one partner uses manipulation or force to disempower the other and gain control of the relationship. Katie Hurley, CNN, 5 June 2022 America worked hard to disempower Haiti and put them in poverty. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 But they are not deliberately engineered by the elites who oversee them to disempower or manipulate ordinary people. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Russia has long been fabled as the Internet’s most wily mischief-maker, and the nation’s propaganda machine has for years used social and state-backed media to deceive and disempower its enemies. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 Now is the perfect time for different voices to enter the room to be able to reimagine a new system that isn’t working with the police but working to disempower them. Ernest Owens, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2022 Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment that uses eye movements to disempower disturbing memories and beliefs. Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 11 Feb. 2022 The easiest way to disempower Manchin is to elect another Democratic senator or two in 2022 so that the West Virginian is not always the deciding vote in a 50-50 body. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2021 At the same time, FKA twigs told her story to the New York Times in the hopes of raising of awareness of the tactics abusers employ to disempower their victims. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 16 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of disempower

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Disempower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disempower. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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