[ em-pou-er ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.

  2. to enable or permit: Wealth empowered him to live a comfortable life.

Origin of empower

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

Other words for empower

Other words from empower

  • em·pow·er·ment, noun
  • un·em·pow·ered, adjective

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How to use empower in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for empower


/ (ɪmˈpaʊə) /

  1. to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize

  2. to give ability to; enable or permit

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