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enfranchise

[ en-fran-chahyz ]
/ ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz /
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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.

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Origin of enfranchise

1505–15; <Middle French, Old French enfranchiss- (long stem of enfranchir to free), equivalent to en-en-1 + franch- free (see frank1) + iss--ish2
en·fran·chise·ment [en-fran-chahyz-muhnt, -chiz-], /ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/, nounen·fran·chis·er, nounun·en·fran·chised, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for enfranchise

enfranchise
/ (ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz) /

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
enfranchisement, nounenfranchiser, noun
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