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affranchise

[uh-fran-chahyz]
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verb (used with object), af·fran·chised, af·fran·chis·ing.
  1. to free from a state of dependence, servitude, or obligation.
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Origin of affranchise

1450–1500; late Middle English < Middle French afranchiss-, long stem of afranchir, verbal derivative, with a- a-5, of franc free; see frank1
Related formsaf·fran·chise·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for affranchise

affranchise

verb
  1. (tr) to release from servitude or an obligation
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Derived Formsaffranchisement, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French afranchiss-, a stem of afranchir, from franchir to free; see frank
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