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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Congress could help empower the states to carry out needed reforms by enacting the Health Care Choices Proposal, developed by the Health Policy Consensus Group and supported by more than 100 conservative leaders across the country. Marie Fishpaw, National Review, "A Health Plan for President Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 If the mayor is serious about improving the city's use of data, a good place to start would be by focusing the job description and then empowering the city's Chief Innovation Officer. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Data is shaping the future of Dallas, but be careful what you wish for," 1 Aug. 2019 Black and Positively Golden is a new movement to uplift communities and empower excellence. Dana Chanel, Essence, "3 Tips to Thrive in Business from Sprinkle of Jesus Founder, Dana Chanel," 30 July 2019 Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization that seeks to hold public officials accountable and empower citizens in their communities. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Here’s Proof Ole Miss Knew Identities of Two Students Who Posed in Front of Shot-Up Emmett Till Sign, But Did Little," 30 July 2019 Overall, Nanze boasts the simple mission to improve living conditions and empower students in the Sub-Saharan African country by focusing on livelihood, education and water/sanitation. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Lakewood High School house principal and Fairview Park resident returns to Malawi, overwhelmed by nonprofit’s impact," 29 July 2019 Increasing that representation, Shabir said, can be very empowering. Brian Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Game on! Redmond summer camp turns girls into game developers," 29 July 2019 But state pageant organizations chafed under the new leadership and launched vocal protests against the new leadership, which vowed to move forward with changes designed to make Miss America more relevant and empowering to women. Fox News, "Miss America pageant leaving Atlantic City for Connecticut," 24 July 2019 Concurrent with a global rise in authoritarian governments is the rise of individuals feeling empowered to address societal wrongs. The Christian Science Monitor, "For Ukraine, it’s no-joke cleanup time," 24 July 2019

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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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