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liberate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of liberate

  1. 1 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) the animal rightists snuck into the laboratory in the middle of the night to liberate all of the monkeys Synonyms of liberate discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, free, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterWords Related to liberate bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackleNear Antonyms of liberate handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugateAntonyms of liberate bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain

  2. 2 to set free from entanglement or difficulty we were liberated from our financial woes when we hit the grand prize in the lottery Synonyms of liberate clear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, free, extricate, release, untangleWords Related to liberate deliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwineNear Antonyms of liberate block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weighAntonyms of liberate embroil, entangle

Synonym Discussion of liberate

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


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