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
Along with helping "enfranchise" Florida and Michigan Democratic voters (I voted in the Florida primary so I don't feel I was disenfranchised), I hope Senator Clinton will also repudiate racism in the President primary, as well as sexism. wsu for obama
Depends on whether she manages to talk the Democratic Party into changing the rules -- retroactively -- to "enfranchise" Florida and Michigan by recertifying their delegates.
Vertical and Diamond cut a special deal to specifically target and "enfranchise" direct market comic book shops, by offering them a limited edition of Vertical's most important release of 2008.
Daron and James argue that the elites enfranchise the poor to ward off revolution.
This reaction was born, ironically, from the very reforms which were to enfranchise men.
In the modern world, participatory justice demands that the political system enfranchise the entire population and that there be a system of checks and balances to prevent corruption and the concentration of power in the hands of the wealthy and the few.
Porter -- who Time described as a pert, brown-eyed, dark haired, nail-biting, chain-smoking, go-getter -- helped enfranchise American women to the investment world, teaching them core concepts and strategies so they need not ask for a man's help to take the reins of what Porter termed "pocketbook issues."
Hoping to capitalize on his newfound popularity as the country's foremost dispenser of righteous death, the president will propose a pathway to citizenship that could enfranchise millions of immigrants currently residing in the U.S.
A weaker economy of course means we need more government control There are more power grabs coming, but first he needs to enfranchise a whole new group of voters.
The dinner was acelebration of the thirty-sixth anniversary of the day the white supremacist government of Rhodesia announced a Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, which was pressingit to enfranchise black people.