Definition of Empowering:
Although President Taft, in his acceptance speech, had expressed an opinion to the effect that an income tax could be constitutionally enacted notwithstanding the decision of the Supreme Court in the Income Tax cases, he blocked the proposal to couple an income tax measure with the tariff bill, by sending a special message on June 16, recommending the passage of a constitutional amendment empowering Congress to levy a general income tax, and advising a tax on the earnings of corporations.- "Contemporary American History, 1877-1913", Charles A. Beard.
From this epoch, however, having obtained letters patent, empowering the inhabitants to elect magistrates, and charters for erecting divers of their trades and arts into corporations, Leith acquired the name and distinction of a town.- "The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Vol. 1", William Finden.
This proposal, however, was rejected, and Lord Salisbury then agreed to " an equitable settlement" of the Venezuela question by empowering the British Ambassador at Washington to begin negotiations " either with the representative of Venezuela or with the Government of the United States acting as the friend of Venezuela."- "The Path of Empire A Chronicle of the United States as a World Power, Volume 46 in The Chronicles of America Series", Carl Russell Fish.