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empower (v.)

1650s, also impower, from assimilated form of en- (1) + power (n.). Used by Milton, Beaumont, Pope, Jefferson, Macaulay, but the modern popularity dates from 1986. Related: Empowered; empowering.

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Definitions of empower from WordNet

empower (v.)
give or delegate power or authority to;
Synonyms: authorise / authorize
empower (v.)
give qualities or abilities to;
Synonyms: endow / indue / gift / invest / endue
From wordnet.princeton.edu