American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority. See Synonyms at authorize.
- v. To equip or supply with an ability; enable: "Computers ... empower students to become intellectual explorers” ( Edward B. Fiske).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give power or authority to; authorize, as by law, commission, letter of attorney, verbal license, etc.: as, the commissioner is empowered to make terms.
- To impart power or force to; give efficacy to; enable.
- Synonyms To commission, license, warrant, qualify.
- v. transitive To give permission, power, or the legal right to do something.
- v. transitive To give someone more confidence and/or strength to do something, often by enabling them to increase their control over their own life or situation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To give authority to; to delegate power to; to commission; to authorize (having commonly a legal force)
- v. To give moral or physical power, faculties, or abilities to.
- v. to enable or permit; to give more opportunity for independent action.
- v. give or delegate power or authority to
- v. give qualities or abilities to
- em- + power (Wiktionary)
“She says: The word enable can be contrasted with the word empower.”
“Oxford defines vulnerable as "susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm"; empower is to "give (someone) the authority or power to do something.”
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“We now know that both of these terms empower Osama bin Laden, uniting disparate terrorist groups into a global cause and dividing the US from its allies who believe the costs of approaching this long-term challenge as a global war outweigh any benefits from the use of the term.”
“So why not use your looks, surely as eternal as your intellect, to further "empower" yourself by making men ogle you as well as admire your keen grasp of tort law?”
“Tawasul's mission is to "empower" civil society institutions through training and knowledge.”
“But they grew frustrated when their efforts to "empower" residents met with resistance.”
“Pollin: Obama plan to 'empower' the Fed won't reign in casino capitalism; finance must be democratized”
“If the goal of the embargo was to "empower" the Cuban people (in essence, to make their lives so unbearable that they'd rise up and overthrow their government) that has also failed.”
“I think I understand the good intentions of those who would "empower" me.”
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