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1. To give authority to; to delegate power to; to commission; to authorise (having commonly a legal force); as, the supreme Court is empowered to try and decide cases, civil or criminal; the attorney is empowered to sign an acquittance, and discharge the debtor.

2. To give moral or physical power, faculties, or abilities to. These eyes . . . Empowered to gaze.

Origin: Empowered; Empowering.