Empower Em*pow"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Empowered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Empowering}.] 1. To give authority to; to delegate power to; to commission; to authorize (having commonly a legal force); as, the Supreme Court is empowered to try and decide cases, civil or criminal; the attorney is empowered to sign an acquittance, and discharge the debtor. [1913 Webster]

2. To give moral or physical power, faculties, or abilities to. ``These eyes . . . empowered to gaze.'' --Keble. [1913 Webster]

3. to enable or permit; to give more opportunity for independent action. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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