Definition of enfranchise in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Give the right to vote to.

    ‘a proposal that foreigners should be enfranchised for local elections’
    • ‘We need your passion to ensure that a free Iraq enfranchises all its peoples, that there is an Iraq in which the state is constrained by law and that works for its citizens.’
    • ‘As if aware that their vote made little difference, more than half of the 3 million enfranchised Hong Kong people stayed away from polling stations.’
    • ‘After 1860, the trend across Europe was to widen the male electorate and enfranchise women for local elections.’
    • ‘Roman voters didn't want to enfranchise the Italians either, because it would water down their own votes.’
    • ‘But this did not prevent the NSW parliament enfranchising women in that same year.’
    • ‘The property qualification for voting was abolished and women were enfranchised in 1893.’
    • ‘Neither the religion nor the region will be the same if women are enfranchised and empowered.’
    • ‘Indeed only he believed that women should be enfranchised at this time.’
    • ‘White women of British origin were newly enfranchised; their goals were equal rights, higher education and jobs in the new helping professions.’
    • ‘Women over 30 were enfranchised in 1918; and women over 21 received the vote in 1928.’
    • ‘They will not suddenly enfranchise women, hold elections and step aside from power.’
    • ‘Women and slaves were not given the vote and qualifications limited the number of men enfranchised.’
    • ‘After women were enfranchised, women's political organisations such as the New South Wales based Women's Political Education League established classes in speaking and debating and ran schools for citizenship.’
    • ‘One reason may have been the passage in 1965 of the Voting Rights Act, which quickly and effectively enfranchised Southern blacks who had been barred from the polls for many years.’
    • ‘They must also explain their policies to the Hispanics who are enfranchised.’
    • ‘Only males aged 21 or older who owned, leased, or rented a freehold estate or dwelling above a specified value were enfranchised under the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852.’
    • ‘Their influence was enhanced by the new constitution promulgated in 1779-the first and only one in Italy - which created local assemblies of landed proprietors but did not enfranchise the mass of the population.’
    give voting rights to, give the vote to, give suffrage to, grant suffrage to, grant franchise to
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    1. 1.1historical Free (a slave).
      • ‘All these raised themselves from humble origins to be powerful rulers simply by enfranchising the slaves who joined them.…’
      • ‘For Stowe, this French colonial tendency to enfranchise mixed-race slaves went hand-in-hand with the history of French slave rebellion.’
      • ‘Through the Civil War, Sumner and Wilson strongly supported the military, and pushed President Abraham Lincoln to emancipate and enfranchise the slaves.’
      • ‘A quarter of a million slaves were liberated and enfranchised in the Caribbean, while a new port settlement was also established in 1849 at Libreville in the Gabon for former slaves.’
      • ‘In the eleventh century, many slaves were enfranchised, the greater part of whom settled in cities.’
      emancipate, liberate, free, set free, release, empower
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Late Middle English (formerly also as infranchise): from Old French enfranchiss-, lengthened stem of enfranchir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + franc, franche ‘free’.