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empower

verb [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: The state constitution does not empower counties to create housing authorities.
empowerment
noun [U]  us   /ɪmˈpɑʊ·ər·mənt, -ˈpɑʊər-/
Company programs encourage worker empowerment.
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