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

     

    empower

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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