At length however she was empowered to disengage herself from her friend, by the avowed necessity of speaking to Miss Tilney, whom she most joyfully saw just entering the room with Mrs. Hughes, and whom she instantly joined, with a firmer determination to be acquainted, than she might have had courage to command, had she not been urged by the disappointment of the day before.
There are no more uses of "empower" in the book.
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The Constitution empowers the Vice President to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate.
I hope women who read the book will feel empowered.