- 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 empowerment
Yet for a vivid decade or so, sleaze was, somewhat paradoxically, a force for literacy and empowerment.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
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When A-LIFE began, Page was working on an education and empowerment project with young girls in Liberia.Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola
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McChrystal argues that service confers empathy, patience, discipline, willingness to sacrifice, and a sense of empowerment.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’
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Perry is a pop general, perched atop a candy rainbow, bathing her army of fans in an elixir of empowerment.‘Prism’ Review: Katy Perry Perfects the Pop Blockbuster
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For the sake of its enrichment and its empowerment he subjected himself to rigorous disciplines.Modern Religious Cults and Movements
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There is no higher form of empowerment than in the fulfillment of our individual possibilities.
Empowerment means to facilitate developments that maintain distinctions and result from differences, instead of uniformity.
Empowerment Zones have been creating these opportunities for five years now.
- the giving or delegation of power or authority; authorization
- the giving of an ability; enablement or permission
- (in South Africa) a policy of providing special opportunities in employment, training, etc for Black people and others disadvantaged under apartheid
- 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 empowerment
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