[ ih-man-suh-peyt ]
/ ɪˈmæn səˌpeɪt /
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verb (used with object), e·man·ci·pat·ed, e·man·ci·pat·ing.

to free from restraint, influence, or the like.
to free (a person) from bondage or slavery.
Roman and Civil Law. to terminate paternal control over.



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Origin of emancipate

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin ēmancipātus (past participle of ēmancipāre ) “freed from control,” equivalent to ē- “out of, from” (see e-1) + man(us) “hand” + -cip- (combining form of capere “to seize”) + -ātus past participle suffix (see -ate1)

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1, 2. See release.


e·man·ci·pa·tive, adjectivee·man·ci·pa·tor, nounnon·e·man·ci·pa·tive, adjectiveun·e·man·ci·pa·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for emancipate

/ (ɪˈmænsɪˌpeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to free from restriction or restraint, esp social or legal restraint
(often passive) to free from the inhibitions imposed by conventional morality
to liberate (a slave) from bondage

Derived forms of emancipate

emancipated, adjectiveemancipative, adjectiveemancipator or emancipist, nounemancipatory (ɪˈmænsɪpətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for emancipate

C17: from Latin ēmancipāre to give independence (to a son), from mancipāre to transfer property, from manceps a purchaser; see manciple
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