Definition of emancipate
1 : to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; especially : to free from bondage
2 : to release from paternal care and responsibility and make sui juris
3 : to free from any controlling influence (as traditional mores or beliefs)
emancipatorplay \i-ˈman(t)-sə-ˌpā-tər\ noun
emancipatoryplay \i-ˈman(t)-sə-pə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
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
Synonym Discussion of emancipate
EMANCIPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emancipate for English Language Learners
: to free (someone) from someone else's control or power
EMANCIPATE Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of emancipate
Additional Notes on emancipate
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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