Etymology
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enfranchise (v.)

early 15c., "grant (someone) the status or privilege of citizenship, admit to membership in a town," from Old French enfranchiss-, present participle stem of enfranchir "to set or make free; grant a franchise to;" from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + franc "free" (see franchise (n.)). Generally with reference to voting privileges after c. 1700. Related: Enfranchised; enfranchisement.

updated on August 30, 2014

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Definitions of enfranchise from WordNet

enfranchise (v.)
grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude;
Slaves were enfranchised in the mid-19th century
Synonyms: affranchise
enfranchise (v.)
grant voting rights;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.