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 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 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

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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/disempowers. Accessed 21 November 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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