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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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 The best way to empower women is telling them to lean in. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 In 2012, Lewis became the first female athlete sponsored by KPMG, igniting the company's many efforts to empower women through golf and its leadership initiatives. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "The sponsor that supported this expecting LPGA star," 11 July 2018 Common is also the creator of Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Common Signs With UTA," 10 July 2018 Through these choices, a platform built to empower the crowd is increasingly becoming a sanctuary for the powerful. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 The limitless 360-degree view of Manhattan offered the perfect backdrop for the evening's empowering panel conversations, dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gender equality in the workplace. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Dior Celebrates the Newest Members of Its Women@Dior Program," 16 Mar. 2019 Over the almost 3,500-word essay, Conway argues how the Justice Department gives the special counsel powers to investigate and prosecute crimes and describes how both Congress and the courts have empowered such investigations. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "George Conway -- Kellyanne Conway's husband -- defends Mueller's investigation," 11 June 2018 Supporting and empowering employees help them better serve our members. Debra Gelbart, azcentral, "Navy Federal Credit Union: Large Company Category Winner," 7 June 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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