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English definition of “empower”

empower

verb [T]     /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 .Allowing and permitting empowerment     /-mənt/ noun [U] Freedom to actOpportunity
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