- to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means: I empowered my agent to make the deal for me. The local ordinance empowers the board of health to close unsanitary restaurants.
- to enable or permit: Wealth empowered him to live a comfortable life.
Origin of empower
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- to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
- to give ability to; enable or permit
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Word Origin and History for unempowered
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