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.
- em·pow·er·ment, noun
- un·em·pow·ered, adjective
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How to use empower in a sentence
With “Body,” the artist continues her mission of empowering women of all different kinds to be confident in their own skin.Megan Thee Stallion Enlists Taraji P. Henson, Tabria Majors And More For ‘Body’ Video | cmurray | November 20, 2020 | Essence.com
The pride center provides an inclusive and safe space that empowers, celebrates, and nurtures the LGBTQ community in Fort Lauderdale.
Klaviyo also empowered clients to take a data-driven look at customer behaviors such as products viewed, purchases and other engagement signals.SpotX, Klaviyo and Flip-Pay are Digiday Technology Awards winners | Digiday Awards | November 12, 2020 | Digiday
We believe that every individual has the potential to understand themselves better, and wake up every day feeling empowered to turn good intentions into actions.Pharrell Williams Launches A New Skin Care Line Called Humanrace | Joe Colucci | November 12, 2020 | Essence.com
That may be a simple proposition, but it’s also one that will empower the recipient to better enjoy their 4x4.
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 | Lizzie Crocker | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many commenters found her essay less empowering and more patronizing.Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Immune to GamerGate Misogyny? | David Levesley | October 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other feminist sites have championed objectifying men in tit-for-tat fashion as empowering women.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard | Emily Shire | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We can do these things at the same time—empowering women and girls, and supporting men and boys.Billie Holiday, Barack Obama, and the Pain of Black Women | Joshua DuBois | June 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But physical therapy and empowering people with disabilities?Is John Garland Guilty of Teaching While White at Alabama State? | John McWhorter | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That letters of marque should be issued to private individuals, empowering them to fit out vessels for the capture of slavers.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
In like manner, the next clause, empowering the Company to take land, was lost; on which the bill was withdrawn.Lives of the Engineers | Samuel Smiles
The first clause in any railway act, empowering the employment of locomotive engines for the working of passenger traffic.Lives of the Engineers | Samuel Smiles
This was the first of the series of acts empowering him to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.The Day of the Confederacy | Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Empowering him to obtain a loan in Holland, in case Mr Adams should be prevented from attending to it.
British Dictionary definitions for empower
to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
to give ability to; enable or permit
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