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.

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. Wendy Davis:

    Let's all decide and agree that it's not playing victim to call it out when it's happening. Because if we don't, we empower it to continue.

  2. President Biden:

    Human trafficking — whether in the form of forced labor, sex trafficking, or other offenses — is an abhorrent abuse of power and a profoundly immoral crime that strikes at the safety, health, and dignity of millions of people worldwide, during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to protect and empower survivors of all forms of human trafficking, to prosecute traffickers, and to bring an end to human trafficking in the United States and around the world.

  3. Andrew Lovett:

    Barbershops are, like, a whole new adventure, they have black men around them giving them directions and encouraging them to do something positive. I think that this is essential, and it will create memories for them that will empower them.

  4. Renae A. Sauter:

    Choosing to interpret all of your experiences from a place of love will allow you to strengthen and empower yourself while moving closer to the divine light.

  5. Roger Stone:

    I am one who had publicly defended Bannon from false charges of racism and anti-Semitism yet I have concluded he is a spent force, never being willing to spend his political capital to help his friends and in some cases helping empower the very globalists he claims to oppose.

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