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Definition of empower verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they empower
    he / she / it empowers
    past simple empowered
    -ing form empowering
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  1. 1empower somebody (to do something) (formal) to give someone the power or authority to do something synonym authorize The courts were empowered to impose the death sentence for certain crimes.
  2. 2empower somebody (to do something) to give someone more control over their own life or the situation they are in The movement actively empowered women and gave them confidence in themselves.
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noun [uncountable] the empowerment of the individual
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