Enfranchise Definition

enfranchised, enfranchises, enfranchising
enfranchised, enfranchises, enfranchising
To give a franchise to; specif., to admit to citizenship, esp. to the right to vote.
Webster's New World
To free from slavery, bondage, legal obligation, etc.
Webster's New World
To bestow a franchise on.
American Heritage
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).
Webster's New World Law

To grant the franchise to an entity, specifically:


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

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