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
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 How to pronounce empowerment (audio) \ 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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As a now 28-year-old woman, I am empowered by individuals like Selma Blair who believe fashion to be a form of self-expression, who can embrace their changing identities with grace and inspire self-acceptance. Ariel Henley, Allure, "How Fashion Lets Me Embrace the Physical Differences Caused by Crouzon Syndrome," 12 Mar. 2019 Who is empowered to work on behalf of the users at Twitter? Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 Sailfish Toastmasters Club Participants are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Australia must have a robust, modern legislative framework to ensure our law enforcement and national security agencies are sufficiently empowered to investigate and disrupt malicious foreign interference. New York Times, "Australian Law Targets Foreign Interference. China Is Not Pleased.," 28 June 2018 It’s time to stop empowering those who are responsible for senseless acts of violence that have destroyed families throughout our state. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "15-Year-Old Girl Is Fatally Shot in Front of Dad at His Birthday Party in Double Homicide," 20 June 2018 Workers are then empowered to find ways to help the restaurant succeed, and even share some of the gains. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "For more Boston restaurants, staying in business means being an open book," 8 June 2018 And awesome women are showing us the way, empowering us to broadcast our own awesomeness. Andrea Bartz, Good Housekeeping, "Look, I'm a Self-Promoting Woman. And I’m Not Apologizing for It.," 14 Feb. 2019 Our team has a very inclusive and collaborative style, and we’ve always felt empowered to try new things. Michelle Archer, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue research scientist is on a mission to improve global health equality," 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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