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tr.v. en·fran·chised, en·fran·chis·ing, en·fran·chis·es
1. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.
2. To free, as from bondage.
3. To bestow a franchise on.
[Middle English enfraunchisen, from Old French enfranchir, enfranchiss-, to set free : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + franchir (from franc, free; see frank1).]
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to grant the power of voting to, esp as a right of citizenship
2. to liberate, as from servitude
3. (Law) (in England) to invest (a town, city, etc) with the right to be represented in Parliament
4. (Law) English law to convert (leasehold) to freehold
v.t. -chised, -chis•ing.
1. to admit to citizenship, esp. to the right of voting.
2. to endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with municipal or parliamentary rights.
3. to set free; liberate, as from slavery.
[1505–15; < Middle French, Old French enfranchiss- (long s. of enfranchir to free) =en- en-1 + franch- free (see frank1) + iss- -ish2]
en•fran′chise•ment (-tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-) n.
Past participle: enfranchised
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|Verb||1.||enfranchise - grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude; "Slaves were enfranchised in the mid-19th century"|
|2.||enfranchise - grant voting rights|
verb give the vote, give voting rights, grant suffrage, grant the franchise, grant voting rights The city's foreign residents are being enfranchised.