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 \-ˌpā-tər\ noun
emancipatoryplay \-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
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>.
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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