- to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means: I empowered my agent to make the deal for me. The local ordinance empowers the board of health to close unsanitary restaurants.
- to enable or permit: Wealth empowered him to live a comfortable life.
Origin of empower
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1. warrant, commission, license, qualify.
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Examples from the Web for empower
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These conditions would be explained to any envoys whom Jovian might empower to discuss them with the Persian plenipotentiaries.
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They also empower the directors to elect a chairman of the board.
Do you all agree to them, and empower me to say so to Mr. Black?The Little Missis
- to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
- to give ability to; enable or permit
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Word Origin and History for empower
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