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enfranchise

[ en-fran-chahyz ]
/ 蓻n藞fr忙n t蕛a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), en路fran路chised, en路fran路chis路ing.
to grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, especially to the right of voting.
to endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with municipal or parliamentary rights.
to set free; liberate, as from slavery.
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Origin of enfranchise

1505鈥15; <Middle French, Old French enfranchiss- (long stem of enfranchir to free), equivalent to en-en-1 + franch- free (see frank1) + iss--ish2

OTHER WORDS FROM enfranchise

en路fran路chise路ment [en-fran-chahyz-muhnt, -chiz-], /蓻n藞fr忙n t蕛a瑟z m蓹nt, -t蕛瑟z-/, nounen路fran路chis路er, nounun路en路fran路chised, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for enfranchise

enfranchise
/ (瑟n藞fr忙nt蕛a瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to grant the power of voting to, esp as a right of citizenship
to liberate, as from servitude
(in England) to invest (a town, city, etc) with the right to be represented in Parliament
English law to convert (leasehold) to freehold

Derived forms of enfranchise

enfranchisement, nounenfranchiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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