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liberate

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verb lib·er·ate \ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of liberate

  • : to free (someone or something) from being controlled by another person, group, etc.

  • : to give freedom or more freedom to (someone)

  • : to take or steal (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of liberate

liberated

liberating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set at liberty :  free; specifically :  to free (as a country) from domination by a foreign power

  3. 2 :  to free from combination <liberate the gas by adding acid>

  4. 3 :  to take or take over illegally or unjustly <material liberated from a nearby construction site — Thorne Dreyer>

liberator

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liberatory

play \ˈli-b(ə-)rə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of liberate in a sentence

  1. Rebels fought to liberate the country.

  2. Soldiers liberated the hostages from their captors.

  3. Laptop computers could liberate workers from their desks.

  4. He was using materials that he had liberated from a construction site.



Origin and Etymology of liberate

Latin liberatus, past participle of liberare, from liber


First Known Use: circa 1623

Synonym Discussion of liberate

free, independent, sovereign, autonomous mean not subject to the rule or control of another. free stresses the complete absence of external rule and the full right to make all of one's own decisions <you're free to do as you like>. independent implies a standing alone; applied to a state it implies lack of connection with any other having power to interfere with its citizens, laws, or policies <the colony's struggle to become independent>. sovereign stresses the absence of a superior power and implies supremacy within a thing's own domain or sphere <separate and sovereign armed services>. autonomous stresses independence in matters pertaining to self-government <in this denomination each congregation is regarded as autonomous>.

free, release, liberate, emancipate, manumit mean to set loose from restraint or constraint. free implies a usually permanent removal from whatever binds, confines, entangles, or oppresses <freed the animals from their cages>. release suggests a setting loose from confinement, restraint, or a state of pressure or tension, often without implication of permanent liberation <released his anger on a punching bag>. liberate stresses particularly the resulting state of liberty <liberated their country from the tyrant>. emancipate implies the liberation of a person from subjection or domination <labor-saving devices emancipated us from household drudgery>. manumit implies emancipation from slavery <the document manumitted the slaves>.

LIBERATE Defined for Kids

liberate

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verb lib·er·ate \ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\

Definition of liberate for Students

liberated

liberating

  1. :  to set free





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