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enfranchise

[en-fran-chahyz] /ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz/
verb (used with object), enfranchised, enfranchising.
1.
to grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, especially to the right of voting.
2.
to endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with municipal or parliamentary rights.
3.
to set free; liberate, as from slavery.
Also, franchise.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle French, Old French enfranchiss- (long stem of enfranchir to free), equivalent to en- en-1 + franch- free (see frank1) + iss- -ish2
Related forms
enfranchisement
[en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun
enfranchiser, noun
unenfranchised, adjective
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Examples for enfranchise
  • The effort could enfranchise millions of people who have lived in this country for years without seeking citizenship.
  • His strategy was to create public jobs for the unemployed, enfranchise labor and expand the minimum wage.
  • Some are dedicated to serving particular community needs, such as helping to enfranchise homeless persons.
  • As evidence of change, the following recently developed programs are designed to enfranchise low-income populations:.
British Dictionary definitions for enfranchise

enfranchise

/ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to grant the power of voting to, esp as a right of citizenship
2.
to liberate, as from servitude
3.
(in England) to invest (a town, city, etc) with the right to be represented in Parliament
4.
(English law) to convert (leasehold) to freehold
Derived Forms
enfranchisement, noun
enfranchiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for enfranchise
enfranchise
1530s, from O.Fr. enfranchiss-, extended stem of enfranchir, from en- "make, put in" + franc "free" (see franchise). Related: Enfranchised; enfranchisement.
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