Definitions for Empowerment
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to give official or legal power or authority to.
to endow with an ability; enable.
Origin of empower:
authorization, authorisation, empowerment(noun)
the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
The granting of political, social or economic power to an individual or group.
The process of supporting another person or persons to discover and claim personal power.
The state of being empowered (either generally, or specifically).
Government programs encouraging advancement of blacks.