empowerment








verb (used with object)

  1. to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means: I empowered my agent to make the deal for me. The local ordinance empowers the board of health to close unsanitary restaurants.
  2. to enable or permit: Wealth empowered him to live a comfortable life.

noun

  1. the giving or delegation of power or authority; authorization
  2. the giving of an ability; enablement or permission
  3. (in South Africa) a policy of providing special opportunities in employment, training, etc for Black people and others disadvantaged under apartheid

verb (tr)

  1. to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
  2. to give ability to; enable or permit
v.

1650s, used by Milton, but the modern popularity dates from 1986; from en- (1) + power. Related: Empowered; empowering; empowerment.

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