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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 liberalize

Historical Examples

  • To liberalize is to make free, as to free from narrow views or prejudices.

    Orthography

    Elmer W. Cavins

  • One is the desire to liberalize Christianity and make it more inclusive.

    Nine O'Clock Talks

    Frederic B. Kellogg

  • The Dominicans and Jesuits set their faces like flint against all education tending to liberalize the mind.

  • They warm the heart; they enlarge and liberalize our minds; they animate our courage in a time of conflict.

  • It taught us those kindly sentiments between nations which warm the heart, liberalize the mind, and animate the courage.


British Dictionary definitions for liberalize

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 liberalize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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