[ en-fran-chahyz ]
/ ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz /
verb (used with object), en·fran·chised, en·fran·chis·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.
Origin of enfranchise
Related formsen·fran·chise·ment [en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/, nounen·fran·chis·er, nounun·en·fran·chised, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for enfranchisement
/ (ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz) /
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 Formsenfranchisement, nounenfranchiser, noun
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