What does empower mean?

Definitions for empower
ɛmˈpaʊ ərem·pow·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empower, authorise, authorizeverb

    give or delegate power or authority to

    "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"

  2. endow, indue, gift, empower, invest, endueverb

    give qualities or abilities to


  1. Empowerverb

    to enable or permit; to give more opportunity for independent action.


  1. empowerverb

    To give permission, power, or the legal right to do something.

  2. empowerverb

    To give someone more confidence and/or strength to do something, often by enabling them to increase their control over their own life or situation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Empowerverb

    Etymology: from power.

    You are empowered, when you please, to give the final decision of wit. John Dryden, Juv. Dedication.

    The government shall be empowered to grant commissions to all Protestants whatsoever. Jonathan Swift, on the Sacram. Test.

    Does not the same power that enables them to heal, empower them to destroy? Thomas Baker, Reflexions on Learning.



    EMPOWER ("Education Means Protection Of Women Engaged in Recreation"), also known as Centre for Sex Workers' Protection or Moolniti Songserm Okard Pooying (Thai: มูลนิธิส่งเสริมโอกาสผู้หญิง), is a non-profit organization in Thailand that supports sex workers by offering free classes in language, health, law and pre-college education, as well as individual counselling. The organization also lobbies the government to extend regular labor protections to sex workers and to decriminalize sex work. The organization maintains centres in Patpong (Bangkok), Chiang Mai, Mae Sai and Patong, Phuket.


  1. empower

    Empower refers to the act of giving someone the authority or power to do something; make them stronger or more confident, especially in controlling their life or asserting their rights. It signifies the process of becoming stronger or more independent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Empowerverb

    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

  2. Empowerverb

    to give moral or physical power, faculties, or abilities to



    EMPOWER, also known as Centre for Sex Workers' Protection or Moolniti Songserm Okard Pooying, is a non-profit organisation in Thailand that supports sex workers by offering free classes in language, health, law and pre-college education as well as individual counseling. The organisation also lobbies the government to extend regular labour protections to sex workers and to legalize prostitution. EMPOWER was founded in 1985 by Chantawipa Apisuk; she still serves as the organisation's director and runs the head office in Nonthaburi Province. The organisation maintains centers in Patpong, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Sai and Patong Beach, Phuket. Unlike most Thai organisations operating in this field, EMPOWER takes a neutral stance towards sex work and does not pressure people to leave the trade. Partly because of this, EMPOWER receives little financial support from the Thai government; the bulk of the donations come from abroad. In 2003 the organisation published a report stating that many anti-trafficking organisations failed to recognize the important difference between migrant sex workers and women forced to prostitute themselves against their will. They documented a May 2003 "raid and rescue" operation on a brothel in Chiang Mai that was carried out by TRAFCORD with support by the International Justice Mission. The operation was carried out without the consent of the sex workers and resulted in numerous human rights violations. IJM subsequently ended its countertrafficking work in Thailand. Chantawipa Apisuk has said that in her opinion these raids and the following arrests and stigmatization only worsen the situation of most prostitutes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Empower

    em-pow′ėr, v.t. to authorise.

Editors Contribution

  1. empower

    To provide the authority, power and legislative right to a person or group of people.

    The unity government ensure the empowerment of workers rights, human rights and equal rights.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of empower in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of empower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of empower in a Sentence

  1. Alan Faneca:

    Once I found out what it was about, to educate and empower the epilepsy community and help them reengage their doctors – it was a no-brainer for me.

  2. Marie Yovanovitch:

    The old oligarch system is still clinging to life, and corruption is its life support, ukraine must continue to pursue economic reforms in line with European standards and fully empower all of its anti-corruption institutions.

  3. Scott Adams:

    I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles.

  4. Les Brown, Communication Bulletin for Managers & Supervisors, June 2004:

    Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.

  5. John Brownstein:

    When you empower people to make decisions, I think for some people that will make a difference.

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