verb (used with object), enfranchised, enfranchising.
to grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, especially to the right of voting.
to endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with municipal or parliamentary rights.
to set free; liberate, as from slavery.
Also, franchise.

1505–15; < Middle French, Old French enfranchiss- (long stem of enfranchir to free), equivalent to en- en-1 + franch- free (see frank1) + iss- -ish2

enfranchisement [en-fran-chahyz-muhnt, -chiz-] , noun
enfranchiser, noun
unenfranchised, adjective
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enfranchise (ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz)
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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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:.
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