Definition of liberate
2 : to free from combination <liberate the gas by adding acid>
3 : to take or take over illegally or unjustly <material liberated from a nearby construction site — Thorne Dreyer>
liberatorplay \ˈli-bə-ˌrā-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 —see 1liberal
First Known Use: circa 1623
Synonym Discussion of liberate
LIBERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of liberate for English Language Learners
: 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)
LIBERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of liberate for Students
: to set free
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