affranchise

[ uh-fran-chahyz ]
/ əˈfræn tʃaɪz /

verb (used with object), af·fran·chised, af·fran·chis·ing.

to free from a state of dependence, servitude, or obligation.

Nearby words

  1. afford,
  2. affordable,
  3. affordable care act,
  4. afforest,
  5. afforestation,
  6. affray,
  7. affrayer,
  8. affreight,
  9. affreightment,
  10. affricate

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

/ (əˈfræntʃaɪz) /

verb

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

Word Origin for affranchise

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

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