Empower means "give power or authority to." When you educate children and believe in them, you empower those kids to go after their dreams.

  • Pronunciation: / ɪm'paʊɚ/
  • English description: give or delegate power or authority to
  • Synonyms: authorize
  • Chinese Translation: 授权(shou4 quan2)
  • Spanish Translation: empoderar
  • ORIGIN: Empower might seem like a new word, but it's been around since the 17th century. Today, empower often refers to helping someone realize their abilities and potential, perhaps for the first time. For example, in the 1960s, when women felt like second-class citizens, the women's movement empowered them to stand up and demand their equal rights.


  • The moral bank account also empowers us with a greater degree of awareness.
  • The corporation would be empowered to collect charges and fees from any air-traffic users, but operators of small private planes would be exempted.

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