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Synonyms of 'enable'

(verb) 
Definition
to make possible
The new test should enable doctors to detect the disease early.
Synonyms
, ,
facilitate
The new airport will facilitate the development of tourism.
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empower
empowering the underprivileged by means of education
,
give someone the opportunity
,
give someone the means
Opposites
(verb) 
The authorities have refused visas to enable them to enter the country.
Synonyms
authorize
We are willing to authorize a police raid.
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allow
Talking amongst yourselves is not allowed.
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commission
You can commission them to paint something especially for you.
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permit
I was permitted to bring my camera into the concert.
Our constitution does not permit the sending of troops.
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qualify
The course does not qualify you to practise as a therapist.
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sanction
He may seem ready to sanction the use of force.
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entitle
Your contract entitles you to a full refund.
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license
the council can license a U.S. company to produce the drug
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warrant
The allegations are serious enough to warrant an investigation.
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empower
The trustees of the museum are empowered to sell items from its collection.
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give someone the right
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of commission
Definition
to place an order for
You can commission them to paint something especially for you.
in the sense of empower
Definition
to give (someone) the power or authority to do something
empowering the underprivileged by means of education
Synonyms
in the sense of empower
Definition
to give (someone) the power or authority to do something
The trustees of the museum are empowered to sell items from its collection.
Synonyms
give power to,
give authority to,
invest with power

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