Definitions for: Enfranchise

[v] grant voting rights
[v] grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude; "Slaves were enfranchised in the mid-19th century"

Webster (1913) Definition: En*fran"chise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enfranchised;
p. pr. & vb. n. Enfranchising.] [Pref. en- + franchise: cf.
F. enfranchir.]
1. To set free; to liberate from slavery, prison, or any
binding power. --Bacon.

2. To endow with a franchise; to incorporate into a body
politic and thus to invest with civil and political
privileges; to admit to the privileges of a freeman.

3. To receive as denizens; to naturalize; as, to enfranchise
foreign words. --I. Watts.

Synonyms: affranchise

Antonyms: disenfranchise, disfranchise

See Also: accord, allot, grant, liberate, set free

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