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empower (someone) to (do something)

1. To grant someone the authority to do something. Before my boss left on maternity leave, she empowered me to make important decisions in her absence.
2. To inspire one to be more assertive, proactive, etc., especially in pursuit of a particular goal. Hearing your experiences really empowered me to not compromise on my dreams.
See also: empower, to
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empower someone to do something

to authorize someone to do something; to grant someone the power to do something. I will empower you to collect the dues of the members. The prime minister empowered a special office to oversee tax collection.
See also: empower, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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