past tense: empowered; past participle: empowered
  1. give (someone) the authority or power to do something.
    “nobody was empowered to sign checks on her behalf”
    synonyms: authorize, entitle, permit, allow, license, sanction, warrant, commission, delegate, qualify,enable, equip

    “the act empowered police to arrest dissenters”
    antonyms: forbid
    • make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.
      “movements to empower the poor”
      synonyms: emancipate, unshackle, set free, liberate

      “movements to empower the poor”
      antonyms: enslave
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