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Definition of enfranchise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

enfranchise

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enfranchise
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
he / she / it enfranchises
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzɪz//
 
past simple enfranchised
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
past participle enfranchised
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
-ing form enfranchising
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfræntʃaɪzɪŋ//
 
Elections
 
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[usually passive] enfranchise somebody (formal) to give somebody the right to vote in an election opposite disenfranchise See related entries: Elections Word Origin 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: enfranchise