emancipate

[ ih-man-suh-peyt ]
/ ɪˈmæn səˌpeɪt /

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 slave) from bondage.
Roman and Civil Law. to terminate paternal control over.

Origin of emancipate

1615–25; < Latin ēmancipātus (past participle of ēmancipāre) freed from control, equivalent to ē- e-1 + man(us) hand + -cip- (combining form of capere to seize) + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·man·ci·pa·tive, adjectivee·man·ci·pa·tor, nounnon·e·man·ci·pa·tive, adjectiveun·e·man·ci·pa·tive, adjective

Synonym study

1, 2. See release.
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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 Formsemancipated, 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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