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

Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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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 4 Feb. 2023.

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