empower

verb em·pow·er \ im-ˈpau̇(-ə)r \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of empower

transitive verb
1 : to give official authority or legal power to
  • empowered her attorney to act on her behalf
2 : enable 1a
3 : to promote the self-actualization or influence of
  • women's movement has been inspiring and empowering women
  • —Ron Hansen

empowerment

play \im-ˈpau̇(-ə)r-mənt\ noun

Examples of empower in a Sentence

  1. seeking changes in the workplace that will empower women

  2. the federal agency empowered to collect taxes

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First Known Use of empower

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EMPOWER Defined for English Language Learners

empower

verb

Definition of empower for English Language Learners

  • : to give power to (someone)

  • : to give official authority or legal power to (someone)


EMPOWER Defined for Kids

empower

verb em·pow·er \ im-ˈpau̇-ər \

Definition of empower for Students

empowered; empowering
: to give authority or legal power to
  • She empowered her lawyer to act on her behalf.

Law Dictionary

empower

transitive verb em·pow·er \ im-ˈpau̇-ər \

legal Definition of empower

: to give official authority or legal power to
  • no branch of government should be empowered unilaterally to impose a serious penalty
  • —L. H. Tribe


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