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enfranchise

en·fran·chise

enfranchise

 
pronunciation:
ihn fraen chaIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: enfranchised, enfranchises, enfranchising
definition 1: to give the rights of a citizen to, esp. the right to vote.
The Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution technically enfranchised black men in 1870.
antonyms:
disenfranchise, disfranchise
definition 2: to free, as from slavery.
antonyms:
enslave
similar words:
liberate
derivation: enfranchisement (n.)
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The word enfranchise contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).