empower

verb
em·​pow·​er | \im-ˈpau̇(-ə)r \
empowered; empowering; empowers

Definition of empower 

transitive verb

1 : to give official authority or legal power to empowered her attorney to act on her behalf

3 : to promote the self-actualization or influence of women's movement has been inspiring and empowering women— Ron Hansen

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Other Words from empower

empowerment \ im-​ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​mənt \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for empower

Synonyms

accredit, authorize, certify, charter [British], commission, enable, invest, license (also licence), qualify, vest, warrant

Antonyms

disqualify

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Examples of empower in a Sentence

seeking changes in the workplace that will empower women the federal agency empowered to collect taxes

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The experience is designed to improve skills, build self-esteem, and empower girls through skiing. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 My goal for the project was to empower as many people as possible to get involved. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "A Wallingford Mission Trip Brings Together 360 Youth Volunteers To Repair Homes, Communities," 13 July 2018 There’s something very empowering about unpacking a fridge and making a meal that feels like a success. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Don’t throw away that perfectly good feast," 9 July 2018 The Zoya look is revealing, but in an empowering way. Shannon L. Bowen, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Costume Designers on 'GLOW,' 'The Crown' and More Helped Leading Ladies Find Their Power," 18 June 2018 This empowering approach is especially effective with Season 2’s two curveball clients: a cisgender woman and a trans man. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Queer Is Queer Eye?," 15 June 2018 Dailing wants these tours to be an empowering experience for citizens. Matt Harvey, Chicago Reader, "Arts / History / News / Politics / The Trump Era Chicago Corruption Walking Tours take sightseers through the seedy underbelly of the city's politics," 14 June 2018 The organization is a group that is dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and empowering women of color. Jamila Young, Courant Community, "Tea Room Brings Community Together," 26 Apr. 2018 Shi has created a wildly empowering brand that brings the agency of lingerie back to the wearer, not the viewer. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This L.A. Lingerie Designer Is Sick of Diversity for Show," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of empower

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of empower was in 1648

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More Definitions for empower

empower

verb

English Language Learners Definition of empower

: to give power to (someone)

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

empower

verb
em·​pow·​er | \im-ˈpau̇-ər \
empowered; empowering

Kids Definition of empower

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

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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