empower

Empower means "give power or authority to." When you educate children and believe in them, you empower those kids to go after their dreams.

Empower might seem like a new word, but it's been around since the 17th century. Today, empower often refers to helping someone realize their abilities and potential, perhaps for the first time. For example, in the 1960s, when women felt like second-class citizens, the women's movement empowered them to stand up and demand their equal rights.

Definitions of empower
  1. verb
    give or delegate power or authority to
    synonyms: authorise, authorize
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    types:
    entitle
    give the right to
    sanction
    give authority or permission to
    type of:
    appoint, charge
    assign a duty, responsibility, or obligation to
  2. verb
    give someone confidence, strength, and self-determination
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    type of:
    back up, support
    give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  3. verb
    give qualities or abilities to
    synonyms: endow, endue, gift, imbue, indue, invest
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    types:
    cover
    invest with a large or excessive amount of something
    type of:
    enable
    render capable or able for some task
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