[em-pou-er] /ɛmˈpaʊ ər/

verb (used with object)
to give 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.
the giving or delegation of power or authority; authorization
the giving of an ability; enablement or permission
(in South Africa) a policy of providing special opportunities in employment, training, etc for Black people and others disadvantaged under apartheid
verb (transitive)
to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
to give ability to; enable or permit

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


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