[en-fran-chahyz] /ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz/
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.
to grant the power of voting to, esp as a right of citizenship
to liberate, as from servitude
(in England) to invest (a town, city, etc) with the right to be represented in Parliament
(English law) to convert (leasehold) to freehold
early 15c., “to set free,” from Old French enfranchiss-, present participle stem of enfranchir “to set or make free; grant a franchise to;” from en- “make, put in” (see en- (1)) + franc “free” (see franchise).
Meaning “to admit to membership in a state” (generally with reference to voting privileges) is from 1680s. Related: Enfranchised; enfranchisement.
[eng] /ɛŋ/ noun 1. the symbol, ŋ, that, in the International Phonetic Alphabet and in the pronunciation alphabets of some dictionaries, represents the voiced velar nasal consonant indicated in English spelling by (ng), as in the pronunciations of cling [kling] /klɪŋ/ (Show IPA) and clink [klingk] /klɪŋk/ (Show IPA). Television. 1. electronic news gathering: a […]
[eng-guh-deen, eng-guh-deen] /ˈɛŋ gəˌdin, ˌɛŋ gəˈdin/ noun 1. the valley of the Inn River in E Switzerland: resorts. 60 miles (97 km) long. /ˈɛŋɡəˌdiːn/ noun 1. the upper part of the valley of the River Inn in Switzerland, in Graubünden canton: tourist and winter sports centre
[en-geyj] /ɛnˈgeɪdʒ/ verb (used with object), engaged, engaging. 1. to occupy the attention or efforts of (a person or persons): He engaged her in conversation. 2. to secure for aid, employment, use, etc.; hire: to engage a worker; to engage a room. 3. to attract and hold fast: The novel engaged her attention and interest. […]
- Engaged tone
noun 1. (Brit) a repeated single note heard on a telephone when the number called is already in use US and Canadian equivalent busy signal Compare ringing tone, dialling tone