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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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Examples from the web for empower
  • The point of her job is to empower, not enable.
  • There's no way I can empower my self other than with my education and wisdom.
  • The grades will empower consumers, pure and simple.
  • We need to empower our people so they can take more responsibility for their own lives in a world.
  • Lets empower rather than lower standards.
  • She sought to empower families who were otherwise without legal resources.
  • When you start making deals, you empower people to come after you.
  • But those victories don't empower a libertarian coalition.
  • The idea is to empower common people, give them their space in the city.
  • And we're working with communities who want to empower energy consumers with better data so that they can make better decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for empower


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 empower

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

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