verb transitiveWord forms: enˈfranˌchised or enˈfranˌchising
to give a franchise
to; specif., to admit
to citizenship, esp. to the right to vote
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Word origin of 'enfranchise'
< OFr enfranchiss-
, stem of enfranchir
, to set free, enfranchise < en-
, in + franchir
, to set free < franc
: see frank1