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[ em-pou-er ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to give power pow 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.

    Synonyms: qualify, license, commission, warrant

  2. to enable or permit:

    Wealth empowered him to live a comfortable life.


/ ɪmˈpaʊə /


  1. to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
  2. to give ability to; enable or permit

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Other Words From

  • em·power·ment noun
  • unem·powered adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of empower1

First recorded in 1645–55; em- 1 + power

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Example Sentences

I have often been asked why, as a man, I create films that empower and focus on women.

Empower the performers, encourage education, and above all make safe sex, well, sexy.

They see their concerts as a way to empower women, both musically and socially.

They inconvenience—er, empower—individuals with information to make partisan or ideological purchasing decisions.

This will really empower them undermine dictatorships in the region and abroad.

Colonial charters were, however, "undoubtedly no more than those of all corporations, which empower them to make bye-laws."

He will place Himself so upon their side as Himself to readjust and empower their affections and their wills.

Ope thou thine eyes, and mark me: thou hast seen Things, that empower thee to sustain my smile.

The first charters granted to this province did not empower the assembly to tax the people at all.

On trade, we must trust American workers to compete with anyone in the world and empower them by opening up new markets overseas.