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Verb: empower  im'paw(-u)r or em'paw(-u)r
  1. Give or delegate power or authority to
    "She empowered her assistant to sign the papers";
    - authorise [Brit], authorize
  2. Give qualities or abilities to
    - endow, indue, gift, invest, endue
  3. Increase the confidence, rights and status (of some group)

Derived forms: empowered, empowering, empowers

Type of: appoint, charge, enable

Encyclopedia: Empower