from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bestow a franchise on.
- transitive v. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.
- transitive v. To free, as from bondage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To grant the franchise to an entity, specifically:
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To set free; to liberate from slavery, prison, or any binding power.
- transitive v. To endow with a franchise; to incorporate into a body politic and thus to invest with civil and political privileges; to admit to the privileges of a freeman; to give the right to vote.
- transitive v. To receive as denizens; to naturalize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set free; liberate, as from slavery; hence, to free or release from custody, bad habits, or any restraint.
- To make free of a state, city, or corporation; admit to the privileges of a freeman or citizen; admit to citizenship.
- Specifically To confer the electoral franchise upon; admit to the right of voting or taking part in public elections: as, to enfranchise a class of people; to enfranchise (in Great Britain) a borough or a university.
- To endenizen; naturalize.
- Synonyms Manumit, Liberate, etc. See emancipate.
- The feudal law, to free from the obligations of feudal tenure, as to convert a copyhold estate into a freehold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude
- v. grant voting rights
Middle English enfraunchisen, from Old French enfranchir, enfranchiss-, to set free : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + franchir (from franc, free; see frank1).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)