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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).]

en·fran′chise′ment n.
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Adj.1.enfranchised - endowed with the rights of citizenship especially the right to vote
disenfranchised, disfranchised, voteless, voiceless - deprived of the rights of citizenship especially the right to vote; "labor was voiceless"; "disenfrenchised masses took to the streets"
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The next moment, without any visible cause for the change, her unwonted joy shrank back, appalled, as it were, and clothed itself in mourning; or it ran and hid itself, so to speak, in the dungeon of her heart, where it had long lain chained, while a cold, spectral sorrow took the place of the imprisoned joy, that was afraid to be enfranchised, --a sorrow as black as that was bright.
A brand-new, enfranchised, emancipated dress, dear.
His father was a tireless and devoted member of the group of London anti-slavery workers (Claphamites), and was Secretary of the company which conducted Sierra Leone (the African state for enfranchised negroes); he had also made a private fortune in African trade.
For myself, there was one reward I promised myself from my detested toils-- one consolation for my unparalleled sufferings; it was the prospect of that day when, enfranchised from my miserable slavery, I might claim Elizabeth and forget the past in my union with her.
Just because Alex Salmond enfranchised the sixth form north of the border doesn't mean to say that the rest of the UK has to follow suit.
Although women nationwide did not gain voting rights until 1920, Oregon enfranchised female voters in 1912.
Such areas, populated by the disenfranchised, are growing throughout the US, as the white and associated enfranchised classes move back to the cities and to ex-urbs or new white suburbs, leaving geographically isolated and service-poor communities behind.
On the topic of expatriates being enfranchised to vote for the president, some readers may recall an open letter from me to the President which was published on June 1 this year, followed by another on the same subject on August 3.
The tender offer is representative of Globe s belief in the value of BTI as a nationally enfranchised entity, said de Larrazabal.
Can we please have some independent Old Labour candidates at the next elections so those of us concerned with the well being of our fellow men are enfranchised again?
Mostly it came from a generation born before and just after women became enfranchised to vote, who still felt our place was in the home as full time mothers and housewives.
But I could not tell when HSBC bought Midland Bank, nor Glaxo bid for Wellcome, nor when Messrs Goldsmith, Packer and Rothschild bid for BAT, nor when GUS enfranchised its A shares.