What does the word empower mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To authorize.

Usage examples for empower

  1. Senator Howard, of Michigan, supported the bill in a speech of great force from the humanitarian point of view, but did not dwell upon the constitutional question, except to affirm that he, as a member of the Judiciary Committee which had reported the Thirteenth Amendment, had intended, by the second clause thereof, to empower Congress to enact such measures as the pending Civil Rights Bill. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White