Enfranchise meaning

ĕn-frăn'chīz'
To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.
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To free, as from bondage.
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To bestow a franchise on.
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To free from slavery, bondage, legal obligation, etc.
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To give a franchise to; specif., to admit to citizenship, esp. to the right to vote.
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To grant rights to an individual or group, such as a right to vote or to have personal freedom (for example, the Emancipation Proclamation enfranchised the slaves).
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To grant the franchise to an entity, specifically:
  • To grant the privilege of voting to a person or group of people.
  • To grant municipal or parliamentary rights to an entity such as a city or constituency.
  • To grant freedom from slavery or servitude.
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Enfranchise is defined as to free from slavery or legal obligation, or to give the rights of citizenship.

An example of enfranchise is to set a slave free.

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Origin of enfranchise

  • Middle English enfraunchisen from Old French enfranchir enfranchiss- to set free en- intensive pref. en–1 franchir (from franc free frank1)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French enfranchir (“to set free, enfranchise”), from en- (“in”) + franchir (“to set free”).
    From Wiktionary