- 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.
- 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.
NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊər//[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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noun [uncountable] the empowerment of the individual