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empower

Verb

1 give or delegate power or authority to; "She authorized her assistant to sign the papers" [syn: authorise, authorize]
2 give qualities or abilities to [syn: endow, indue, gift, invest, endue]

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  1. To give permission or power to do something.
  2. Abstractly, to give the confidence to do something.
    John found that starting up his own business empowered him greatly in social situations.

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