verb (used with object), en·fran·chised, en·fran·chis·ing.
Origin of enfranchise
Examples from the Web for enfranchise
Of the two it would be better to disfranchise the soldiers and enfranchise the mothers.
The Republican press was equally hostile to the proposition to enfranchise women.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)|Ida Husted Harper
"Death alone can enfranchise them from their servitude," has said Para-Brahma.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ|Nicolas Notovitch
He would support a bill to disfranchise Dudley, and support another to enfranchise Old Sarum.
The speech was against Senator Wilson's bill to enfranchise the women of the territories.
British Dictionary definitions for enfranchise
Word Origin and History for enfranchise
early 15c., "to set free," from Old French enfranchiss-, present participle stem of enfranchir "to set or make free; grant a franchise to;" from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + franc "free" (see franchise).
Meaning "to admit to membership in a state" (generally with reference to voting privileges) is from 1680s. Related: Enfranchised; enfranchisement.