An example of empower is to leave the second in command in total charge for the day.
- to give power or authority to; authorize: Congress is empowered to levy taxes
- to give ability to; enable; permit
- to provide (someone regarded as weak or oppressed) with the means or opportunities to improve his or her situation
transitive verbem·pow·ered, em·pow·er·ing, em·pow·ers
- To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority. See Synonyms at authorize.
- To equip or supply with an ability; enable: “Computers &ellipsis; empower students to become intellectual explorers” (Edward B. Fiske).
(third-person singular simple present empowers, present participle empowering, simple past and past participle empowered)
- To give permission, power, or the legal right to do something.
- 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.
- It's not enough to give women and minorities equal rights on paper; they need to be empowered to be able to make use of these rights.
- John found that starting up his own business empowered him greatly in social situations.
em- + power