What does empower mean?

Definitions for empowerɛmˈpaʊ ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word empower.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. empower, authorise, authorize(verb)

    give or delegate power or authority to

    "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"

  2. endow, indue, gift, empower, invest, endue(verb)

    give qualities or abilities to


  1. Empower(v. t.)

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


  1. empower(Verb)

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

  2. empower(Verb)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Empower(verb)

    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. Empower(verb)

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nancy Popovich:

    You have to give up control and empower people around you.

  2. Ted Cruz:

    The answer is not to muzzle citizens. It is to empower citizens.

  3. Nancy Popovich:

    Larry Rosen have to give up control and empower people around Larry Rosen.

  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. Anuj Somany:

    The power of heart is much stronger than the power of mind to empower our life.

Images & Illustrations of empower

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