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[em-pou-er] /ɛmˈpaʊ ər/
verb (used with object)
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
1645-55; em-1 + power
Related forms
empowerment, noun
unempowered, adjective
1. warrant, commission, license, qualify. Unabridged
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  • His genius has empowered a whole new generation of creative people.
British Dictionary definitions for empowered


verb (transitive)
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 empowered



1650s, used by Milton, but the modern popularity dates from 1986; from en- (1) + power. Related: Empowered; empowering; empowerment.

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