empower

verb
em·​pow·​er | \ im-ˈpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce empower (audio) \
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
2 : enable sense 1a … nootropic agents empower the lower amounts of acetylcholine in diseased brains to work overtime …Science News
3 : to promote the self-actualization or influence of The American women's movement has been inspiring and empowering women for nearly 20 years …— Ron Hansen Members of our discipline often envision themselves as agents of social change who try to promote critique of dominant ideologies and empower students to become active participants in the larger political world.— Christy Friend

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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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Measures like the Oregon bill could empower more people to take similar actions. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Oregon Senate passes bill punishing racist 911 callers," 5 June 2019 The #GoodSquad is so supportive, uplifting and loving! Empowered women empower women!!! Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Why Khloé Kardashian Designed Maternity Activewear for Women to Wear During and After Pregnancy," 17 May 2019 This is about, yes, feeling empowered at the end, but being educated. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Gretchen Carlson Is on a Mission to Help Women Who Have Been Sexually Harassed," 10 May 2019 Michele’s vision is empowering in its inclusivity—his models are diverse, and his ideas consistently shatter molds. Alexander Fury; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Art of Beauty," 6 May 2019 But entrepreneurs—who usually don’t have a deep bench empowered... Barbara Haislip, WSJ, "What Happens When Entrepreneurs Go On Vacation—and a Crisis Hits," 28 Apr. 2019 These are patients who are facing these diseases every single day, and want to be empowered to be able to do something. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The New Frontier of Participatory Cancer Research," 26 Apr. 2019 Today, Benjamin Moore unveiled a capsule collection with The Alpha Workshops, a New York nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities through creative education. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Story Behind How This Gorgeous Wallpaper Was Made Will Make Your Day," 19 Mar. 2019 Beyond that, Purdy wants to empower today's youth through athletics. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Trains to Be a World-Class Snowboarder," 12 Dec. 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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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 How to pronounce empower (audio) \
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 How to pronounce empower (audio) \

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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