enable, empower are comparable when meaning to make one able to do something.
In ordinary usage enable implies provision of the means or opportunity, empower, the granting of the power or the delegation of the authority, to do something

an income that enables him to live with dignity


a letter empowering him to act in his father's behalf


to give to the Cathedral fund a sum sufficient to enable Father Latour to carry out his purpose— Cather


these courts of appeal are also empowered to review and enforce orders of federal administrative bodies— Say re

Analogous words: permit, allow, *let
Contrasted words: *forbid, prohibit, inhibit: *prevent, preclude

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