enfranchise

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Voting
enfranchiseen‧fran‧chise /ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz/ verb [transitive] PPVto give a group of people the right to vote OPP disenfranchiseenfranchisement /-tʃɪz- $ -tʃaɪz-/ noun [uncountable] the enfranchisement of EU citizensenfranchised adjective newly enfranchised shareholders
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Examples from the Corpus
enfranchiseSouth Africa's new constitution enfranchised 28 million blacks.The ruling countered moves in both Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to enfranchise certain categories of foreigners in local elections.This legislation enfranchised many thousands of people.Nor was it in 1967, when decisions to disenfranchise as well as to enfranchise were a possibility.The group works in developing countries to increase literacy and enfranchise women.