empower

[ em-pou-er ]
/ ɛmˈpaʊ ər /

verb (used with object)

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.

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Origin of empower

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

OTHER WORDS FROM empower

em·pow·er·ment, nounun·em·pow·ered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for empower

empower
/ (ɪmˈpaʊə) /

verb (tr)

to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
to give ability to; enable or permit
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