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liberalize

[lib-er-uh-lahyz, lib-ruh-]
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verb (used with or without object), lib·er·al·ized, lib·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make or become liberal.
Also especially British, lib·er·al·ise.

Origin of liberalize

First recorded in 1765–75; liberal + -ize
Related formslib·er·al·i·za·tion, nounlib·er·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·lib·er·al·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·lib·er·al·ize, verb, o·ver·lib·er·al·ized, o·ver·lib·er·al·iz·ing.un·lib·er·al·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for liberalise

Historical Examples

  • Macaulay did much to enlarge and liberalise the conception of history.

    The Age of Tennyson</p>

    Hugh Walker

  • Everything is done to captivate, and to liberalise in appearance, a system essentially despotic.

    Diary in America, Series One

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • It has been lately used by Mr. Dugald Stewart, “to liberalise the views.”


British Dictionary definitions for liberalise

liberalize

liberalise

verb
  1. to make or become liberal
Derived Formsliberalization or liberalisation, nounliberalizer or liberaliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for liberalise

liberalize

v.

1774, from liberal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Liberalized; liberalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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