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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Then, beside it, record an accurate, realistic assessment of your performance to disempower the negative. NBC News, "Joan Kuhl: 4 foolproof ways to overcome imposter syndrome," 12 Nov. 2019 He was seen as a freedom fighter on behalf of the little people being surveilled, overcharged, and disempowered. Wired, "Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech," 22 Sep. 2019 The other is that easterners have been rebelling against a western narrative that has disempowered them. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Germany Has Been Unified for 30 Years. Its Identity Still Is Not.," 9 Nov. 2019 That explains part of the $100 bill’s global popularity, but throwing the golden baby out with the underworld bathwater would financially disempower millions of people around the world. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why the $100 Bill Is More Popular Than Ever," 5 Nov. 2019 Local news may need more than is offered here, though disempowering the hedge funds and conglomerates that have wreaked so much havoc is a good place to start. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Has a Plan to Save Journalism," 28 Aug. 2019 The workers on the front lines of content moderation are particularly disempowered to push for change or clarity because they, like their peers at most major platforms, are not Google employees but rather work for third-party outsourcing firms. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "YouTube lets biggest stars off the hook for breaking rules, moderators say," 9 Aug. 2019 Now the Indian part of Kashmir has been divided, disempowered, and degraded. Fahad Shah / Srinagar, Time, "‘Anxiety Fills the Air.' What It's Like Inside Kashmir When All Communication With the Outside World Is Cut Off," 7 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of disempower

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Disempower.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disempowerment?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=disem02v. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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