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empower

verb [T] uk   /ɪmˈpaʊər/ us    /-ˈpaʊr/
to give someone official authority or the freedom to do something: [+ to infinitive] This amendment empowers the president to declare an emergency for a wide range of reasons. The first step in empowering the poorest sections of society is making sure they vote.
empowerment
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
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