Definition of empower in US English:

empower

verb

  • 1with object and infinitive Give (someone) the authority or power to do something.

    ‘nobody was empowered to sign checks on her behalf’
    • ‘Local officials were empowered to impose curfews in 38 towns and cities.’
    • ‘Smith was also empowered to make arrangements for a mass meeting, but action was delayed until the following month.’
    • ‘Thus the organization is empowered to issue punishment if it determines rules were violated.’
    • ‘The police are empowered to investigate crime, search for evidence, arrest suspected offenders and question them.’
    • ‘The reason is that these are private schools and the Education Act does not empower the Minister of Education to control such schools.’
    • ‘New cabinet members are not legally empowered because they have not been officially appointed yet.’
    • ‘Article 19 of that law empowered the president to name the commander in chief.’
    • ‘All uniformed Metro offices are empowered to issue traffic fines.’
    • ‘At present, however, conservation districts simply are not empowered to deal with drainage.’
    • ‘The U.N. has never established a court empowered to do so.’
    • ‘Current legislation empowers the Financial Supervision Commission to sanction banks that use misleading advertisements.’
    • ‘Of course, that cannot begin until the board is established and empowered to act.’
    • ‘The Director of Public Prosecutions is the only person empowered to grant immunity.’
    • ‘There is a reason why the police are the only ones empowered to deal with moving traffic offences.’
    authorize, license, entitle, permit, allow, sanction, warrant, commission, delegate, certify, accredit, qualify
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    1. 1.1with object Make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.
      ‘movements to empower the poor’
      • ‘The licensing agreements they advocate empower consumers, instead of limiting their rights.’
      • ‘Second, most managers were committed to empowering the teams and allowing the teams to do their jobs with little or no interference.’
      • ‘Only then can patients be fully empowered, and with that power comes self responsibility.’
      • ‘Television has certainly begun to show women as far more empowered citizens than they were in the 1950s.’
      • ‘Successful individuals know how to empower people because the higher you are in a leadership position, the less you can afford to micromanage the efforts of people.’
      • ‘Giving more powers to the local bodies means empowering the local people.’
      • ‘Afrikaner women were newly empowered by more extensive literacy and the franchise.’
      • ‘Do you think consumer laws have empowered the patients'?’
      • ‘He has actually empowered women much more than other Zen teachers in Korea.’
      • ‘I believe that a truly empowered woman would give birth without assistance.’
      • ‘Think of how much more empowered young people would be if schools discussed and analyzed what marketing really accomplishes.’
      • ‘‘The power of an organisation cannot be fully realised unless you empower people and allow them to be the best that they can be,’ he said.’
      • ‘In this area, as in many, technology is empowering the little guy.’
      • ‘An economically empowered community may be able thereafter to access other health services.’
      • ‘Separation is not psychologically satisfying or emotionally empowering for some individuals.’
      • ‘Newly empowered consumers can appropriate and manipulate the brand in whatever way they want.’
      • ‘And so empowering people, giving them choices, is what this is about.’
      • ‘Global health institutions can also empower individuals and groups in national and global forums.’
      • ‘He delegates well and empowers the people who work for him.’
      • ‘Her ultimate ambition is to empower and enable people through educational achievement.’
      • ‘In either case, the Web does not seem to have empowered local individuals.’
      emancipate, unyoke, unfetter, unshackle, unchain, set free, give freedom to
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Pronunciation

empower

/əmˈpaʊ(ə)r//əmˈpou(ə)r/