take liberties

Definition of take liberties

1 disapproving :to make important changes to something usually + with
  • I think the movie takes too many liberties with the original story.
2 old-fashioned :to be informal and friendly toward someone in a way that is not proper usually + with
  • He was accused of taking liberties with several young women.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

liberty play liberties
  1. : the quality or state of being free:

  2. : the power to do as one pleases

  3. : freedom from physical restraint


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