empower

[em-pou-er] /ɛmˈpaʊ ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
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."
2.
to enable or permit:
"Wealth empowered him to live a comfortable life."
Origin
1645–55; em-1 + power
Related forms
empowerment, noun
unempowered, adjective
Synonyms
1. warrant, commission, license, qualify.
Example Sentences for empowerment
The individual is empowered when they utilize personal technology as a tool for empowerment.
There have been other solar donations with an eye on empowerment.
Being informed gives them some control over their disease-and that feeling of empowerment plays a role in the healing process.
Both platforms connect creator and consumer, providing feel-good empowerment to consumers and monetary support for creators.
Far be it from me to stand in the way of worldwide educational empowerment.
Mining companies are required to fulfil their empowerment responsibilities in order to keep their mining rights.
He was of inestimable value to human freedom, empowerment and expression.
There's potential gains for privacy and empowerment.
In a crowded country, where scarce fertile land is valued as gold, such largesse represented undreamt-of empowerment for the poor.
Hundreds of thousands gathered under a brilliant sun and cloudless sky, drunk with empowerment.
British Dictionary definitions for empowerment
empower (ɪmˈpaʊə)
 
vb
1.  to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
2.  to give ability to; enable or permit

empowerment (ɪmˈpaʊəmənt)
 
n
1.  the giving or delegation of power or authority; authorization
2.  the giving of an ability; enablement or permission
3.  (in South Africa) a policy of providing special opportunities in employment, training, etc for Black people and others disadvantaged under apartheid

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Word Origin and History for empowerment
empower
1650s, used by William Penn in 1690, but the modern popularity dates from 1986; from en- + power.
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