Pronunciation: (en-fran'chīz), [key]
—v.t., -chised, -chis•ing.
1. to grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, esp. to the right of voting.
2. to endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with municipal or parliamentary rights.
3. to set free; liberate, as from slavery. Also,franchise.
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