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tr.v. em·pow·ered, em·pow·er·ing, em·pow·ers
1. To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority. See Synonyms at authorize.
2. To equip or supply with an ability; enable: "Computers ... empower students to become intellectual explorers" (Edward B. Fiske).
1. to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
2. to give ability to; enable or permit
1. to give official or legal power or authority to.
2. to endow with an ability; enable.
Past participle: empowered
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|Verb||1.||empower - give or delegate power or authority to; "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"|
entitle - give the right to; "The Freedom of Information Act entitles you to request your FBI file"
appoint, charge - assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"
sanction - give authority or permission to
|2.||empower - give qualities or abilities to|
enable - render capable or able for some task; "This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street"; "The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain"
cover - invest with a large or excessive amount of something; "She covered herself with glory"
1. authorize, allow, commission, qualify, permit, sanction, entitle, delegate, license, warrant, give power to, give authority to, invest with power The army is now empowered to operate on a shoot-to-kill basis.