empower em‧pow‧er [ɪmˈpaʊə ǁ -ər] verb [transitive] formal LAW
to give a person or an organization the power or the legal right to do something:
empower somebody to do something

• The President is empowered to appoint judges to the Supreme Court.

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empower UK US /ɪmˈpaʊər/ verb [T]
to give someone official or legal authority, or the freedom or confidence to do something: empower sb (to do sth) »

We empower our sales staff to make decisions without always having to consult their supervisor.

be empowered to do sth »

The Legislature is empowered to make law, subject to the Governor's right of veto.


This communications skills course aims to make people feel empowered.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • empower — em·pow·er /im pau̇ ər/ vt: to give official authority or legal power to no branch of government should be empower ed unilaterally to impose a serious penalty L. H. Tribe Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • empower — empower, empowerment Empower is a 17c verb meaning ‘to give power or authority to’. In the 1970s it acquired a new meaning, ‘to make (someone) able to do something’, implying the freedom to adopt moral values and principles of one s choice as… …   Modern English usage

  • Empower — Em*pow er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Empowered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Empowering}.] 1. To give authority to; to delegate power to; to commission; to authorize (having commonly a legal force); as, the Supreme Court is empowered to try and decide cases,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empower — empower, empowerment → empoderar(se) …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • empower — 1650s, used by Milton, but the modern popularity dates from 1986; from EN (Cf. en ) (1) + POWER (Cf. power). Related: Empowered; empowering; empowerment …   Etymology dictionary

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