Definition of enfranchise
1 : to set free (as from slavery)
2 : to endow with a franchise: such asa : to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to the right of suffrageb : to admit (a municipality) to political privileges or rights
enfranchisementplay \in-ˈfran-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-, en-\ noun
Examples of enfranchise in a Sentence
in a way, modern labor-saving appliances enfranchised people, giving them much more leisure time
Recent Examples of enfranchise from the Web
Higher education has radically changed, enfranchising students of all backgrounds to share their stories and to have their rights respected.
In fact, 20 other countries had enfranchised women before the United States.
Additional artifacts include the pen Ulysses S. Grant used to sign the proclamation of the 15th Amendment, which enfranchised African American men, and the pen President Lyndon Johnson used to sign the Voting Rights Act 95 years later.
Evidence of the new state’s division was revealed after Confederates, even those who had not sworn an oath to the Union, were re-enfranchised.
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ENFRANCHISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enfranchise for English Language Learners
: to give (someone) the legal right to vote
Legal Definition of enfranchise
: to grant franchise to; especially : to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to voting rights the Twenty-sixth Amendment enfranchised all citizens over 18 years of age — compare emancipate
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