Meaning of “empower” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “empower” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"empower" in American English

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empowerverb [ T ]

us /ɪmˈpɑʊ·ər, -ˈpɑʊər/

to encourage and support the ability to do something:

We want to empower individuals to get the skills they need.

To empower is also to give legal authority for something:

noun [ U ] us /ɪmˈpɑʊ·ər·mənt, -ˈpɑʊər-/

Company programs encourage worker empowerment.

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"empower" in Business English

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empowerverb [ T ]

uk /ɪmˈpaʊər/ us

to give someone official or legal authority, or the freedom or confidence to do something:

empower sb (to do sth) We empower our sales staff to make decisions without always having to consult their supervisor.
be empowered to do sth The Legislature is empowered to make law, subject to the Governor's right of veto.
This communications skills course aims to make people feel empowered.

(Definition of “empower” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)