to empower

to empower

If you empower someone, you give that person authority or power to do something (The Oxford English Dictionary). Here is an example sentence:

  1. The prime minister said, “We have to give more power to women to create a more equitable society.”
  2. The prime minister said, “We need to empower women to create a more equitable society.”

Which sentence would you and, most importantly, your reader prefer? You’ve guessed it right if you have chosen the second one. Why use six words instead of just three? In other words, using fewer words to say what we mean is always better.

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