en·fran·chise /in-'fran-ˌchīz/ vt -chised, -chis·ing: to grant franchise to; esp: to admit to the privileges of a citizen and esp. to voting rights
the Twenty-sixth Amendment enfranchised all citizens over 18 years of age compare emancipate

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb accipere, admit to citizenship, adsciscere, affranchise, allow, authorize, disenthrall, emancipate, empower, endow with political privilege, franchise, free, free from political disabilities, give liberty to, give political privileges to, give the right to vote, grant, liberate, license, manumit, permit, permit to vote, qualify, recipere, release, restore to liberty, sanction, set at liberty, set free II index allow (authorize), authorize, bestow, disenthrall, free, let (permit), liberate, release

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To grant someone the right to vote.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

v. To grant rights to an individual or group, such as a right to vote or to have personal freedom (for example, the Emancipation Proclamation enfranchised the slaves).

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Enfranchise — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To endow with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enfranchise — [en fran′chīz΄, infran′chīz΄] vt. enfranchised, enfranchising [ME enfraunchisen < OFr enfranchiss , stem of enfranchir, to set free, enfranchise < en , in + franchir, to set free < franc: see FRANK1] 1. to free from slavery, bondage,… …   English World dictionary

  • enfranchise — early 15c., to set free, from O.Fr. enfranchiss , prp. stem of enfranchir to set or make free; grant a franchise to; from en make, put in (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + franc free (see FRANCHISE (Cf. franchise)). Meaning to admit to membership in a… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • enfranchise — [v] set free citizenize, emancipate, empower, free, give rights to, grant citizenship to, liberate, manumit, naturalize, release; concept 110 Ant. enslave …   New thesaurus

  • enfranchise — ► VERB 1) give the right to vote to. 2) historical free (a slave). DERIVATIVES enfranchisement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • enfranchise — [[t]ɪnfræ̱ntʃaɪz[/t]] enfranchises, enfranchising, enfranchised VERB To enfranchise someone means to give them the right to vote in elections. [FORMAL] [V n] The company voted to enfranchise its 120 women members... [V n] If the city s foreign… …   English dictionary

  • enfranchise — UK [ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz] / US [ɪnˈfrænˌtʃaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms enfranchise : present tense I/you/we/they enfranchise he/she/it enfranchises present participle enfranchising past tense enfranchised past participle enfranchised 1) to give… …   English dictionary

  • enfranchise — transitive verb ( chised; chising) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French enfranchiss , stem of enfranchir, from en + franc free more at frank Date: 15th century 1. to set free (as from slavery) 2. to endow with a franchise: as a. to admit… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • enfranchise — enfranchisement /en fran chuyz meuhnt, chiz /, n. enfranchiser, n. /en fran chuyz/, v.t., enfranchised, enfranchising. 1. to grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, esp. to the right of voting. 2. to endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with… …   Universalium

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