em·​pow·​ered im-ˈpau̇(-ə)rd How to pronounce empowered (audio)
: having the knowledge, confidence, means, or ability to do things or make decisions for oneself
… generations of educated, empowered women are moving into leadership across all sectors …Pat Mitchell
Ultimately, Consumer Reports hopes patients can be more empowered consumers when it comes to their health care.Stephanie Dickrell
empowered personnel seek and eliminate the root causes of problems instead of being blamed for them.Ellen Earle Chaffee and Daniel Seymour
Karen felt empowered to address women's issues by the fact that she returned to school after a ten-year hiatus to stay home with her children.Jill Eichhorn
It is not insane to want to feel unafraid and empowered; it is human.Jody M. Roy

Examples of empowered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a society that feels more empowered and more confident about itself is suddenly a force to be reckoned with. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 The rest of the world may follow, recognizing that the path to true financial inclusivity lies not within the walls of towering banks but in the collective hands of empowered communities. Susie Violet Ward, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 As homeowners’ and homebuyers’ priorities shift, the housing industry must adapt to position home-hardening solutions as a way to enhance safety, lower the total cost of ownership, improve quality of life, and help homeowners feel more empowered and confident. Jon Bostock, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 My goal was to make the talent look as cool, empowered, energetic as possible. Brandon Choe, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Remember, advocating for mental health and community-building resources, rather than asking about more active shooter drills and locked windows, is more likely to help children feel empowered and safer. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 8 Dec. 2023 Perhaps there wouldn’t be Ukraine, but there certainly would be a very empowered Russia. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 By providing support across all areas of employee well-being, the new EAP can help employees feel more empowered to manage their overall well-being. Stephen Sokoler, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 But the Taliban’s empowered clerical leaders believe they have been called by God to wage an eternal war of ideas against devilish enemies of Islam and must remain vigilant. Steve Coll, The New York Review of Books, 1 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empowered was in 1983

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“Empowered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empowered. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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