- 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 empowering
I think we are empowering refugees and there will be many more people like me who defect.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
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Other feminist sites have championed objectifying men in tit-for-tat fashion as empowering women.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard
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But physical therapy and empowering people with disabilities?Is John Garland Guilty of Teaching While White at Alabama State?
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He quit his million-dollar gig to, in conjunction with his wife, Eva, become an empowering resource for girls and young women.Our Photoshopping Disorder: The Truth in Advertising Bill Asks Congress to Regulate Deceptive Images
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Sex, for her, is empowering, and she enjoys the sway she has over men.‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Icy Orgy of Sex and Self-Loathing, Bows At Sundance
January 23, 2014
Your name shall not be alluded to as empowering me to plead for her help.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
About the year 1698 an act of parliament was obtained, empowering the inhabitants to build a new church.
Clause 69, empowering Vestries, &c., to compel supply of water to houses.
Empowering him to enter into engagements on the part of the United States to discharge the loan raised in Holland.
He brought letters to a London Bank introducing him as the correspondent, and empowering him to draw certain moneys.'The Ivory Gate, a new edition
- 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 empowering
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