- 1empower somebody (to do something) (formal) to give somebody the power or authority to do something synonym authorize The courts were empowered to impose the death sentence for certain crimes.
- 2empower somebody (to do something) to give somebody more control over their own life or the situation they are in The movement actively empowered women and gave them confidence in themselves.
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊər//[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they empower
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊər//he / she / it empowers
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊəz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊərz//past simple empowered
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊəd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊərd//past participle empowered
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊəd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊərd//-ing form empowering
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊərɪŋ//