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noun Informal.
  1. liberation(def 2): women's lib; gay lib.
  2. a libber.

Origin of lib

First recorded in 1965–70; by shortening


  1. book.

Origin of lib.1

From the Latin word liber


  1. librarian.
  2. library.


  1. Liberal.

ad lib

[ad lib, ad]
  1. something improvised in speech, music, etc.: Was that joke part of your speech or an ad lib?
  1. at one's pleasure; without restriction.
  2. freely; as needed; without stint: Water can be given to the patients ad lib.

Origin of ad lib

First recorded in 1810–20; see origin at ad libitum

ad lib.

  1. ad libitum.
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British Dictionary definitions for lib


  1. informal, sometimes derogatory short for liberation (def. 2)


abbreviation for
  1. librarian
  2. library


abbreviation for
  1. Liberal
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Word Origin and History for lib


1969, American English, shortening of liberation, used with possessives, originally in Women's Lib. Colloquial shortening libber for liberationist is attested from 1971.

ad lib

1811, shortened from Latin ad libitum "at one's pleasure, as much as one likes" (c.1600), from libere "to please" (see libido). First recorded as one word 1919 (v.), 1925 (n.).

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lib in Medicine

ad lib.

  1. ad libitum (freely, as desired)
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