WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
em•pow•er /ɛmˈpaʊɚ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to give official or legal power or authority to:[+ object + to + verb]The police are empowered to arrest suspected criminals.
  2. to provide with an ability;
    enable:[+ object]Some teachers want to empower their students by giving them the skills they need.
em•pow•er•ment, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
em•pow•er  (em pouər),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to give power or authority to;
    authorize, esp. 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.
em•power•ment, n. 
  • em-1 + power 1645–55
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . warrant, commission, license, qualify.

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empower /ɪmˈpaʊə/ vb (transitive)
  1. to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize
  2. to give ability to; enable or permit

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