verb (used with object), en·fran·chised, en·fran·chis·ing.
Origin of enfranchise
British Dictionary definitions for enfranchisement
Word Origin and History for enfranchisement
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.