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)
Full Definition of liberate
liberatorplay \-ˌā-tər\ noun
liberatoryplay \ˈli-b(ə-)rə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Examples of liberate in a sentence
Rebels fought to liberate the country.
Soldiers liberated the hostages from their captors.
Laptop computers could liberate workers from their desks.
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, 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
Definition of liberate for Students
: to set free
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