emancipate

verb

eman·​ci·​pate i-ˈman(t)-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce emancipate (audio)
emancipated; emancipating

transitive verb

1
: to free from restraint, control, or the power of another
especially : to free from bondage
2
: to release from parental care and responsibility and make sui juris
3
: to free from any controlling influence (such as traditional mores or beliefs)
emancipator noun
emancipatory adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for emancipate

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

Examples of emancipate in a Sentence

He felt the only way to emancipate himself from his parents was to move away. under the cover of darkness animal rights activists emancipated the inhabitants of the mink ranch
Recent Examples on the Web Following the Civil War, emancipated slaves yearned for land of their own. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Paras Griffin/Getty Images Another object to emancipate itself from its primary function: the belt. Jessica Scemama, Glamour, 25 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for emancipate 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare, from e- + mancipare to transfer ownership of, from mancip-, manceps contractor, from manus hand + capere to take — more at manual, heave entry 1

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of emancipate was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Emancipate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emancipate. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

emancipate

verb
eman·​ci·​pate i-ˈman(t)-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce emancipate (audio)
emancipated; emancipating
: to free from someone else's control or power
especially : to free from slavery
emancipation
-ˌman(t)-sə-ˈpā-shən
noun
emancipator noun
emancipatory adjective

Legal Definition

emancipate

transitive verb
eman·​ci·​pate i-ˈman-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce emancipate (audio)
emancipated; emancipating
1
: to free from restraint, control, or the power of another
especially : to free from bondage
emancipated the slaves
compare enfranchise
2
: to release from the care, responsibility, and control of one's parents compare age of majority, legal age

Note: The circumstances under which a minor may become emancipated vary from state to state. In many states, however, the marriage of a minor results in his or her emancipation.

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