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[ lib-er-uh-lahyz, lib-ruh- ]
/ ˈlɪb ər əˌlaɪz, ˈlɪb rə- /

verb (used with or without object), lib·er·al·ized, lib·er·al·iz·ing.

to make or become liberal.

Nearby words

liberalia, liberalisation, liberalism, liberality, liberalization, liberalize, liberally, liberate, liberated, liberation, liberation theology
Also especially British, lib·er·al·ise.

Origin of liberalize

First recorded in 1765–75; liberal + -ize
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for liberalise

  • It has been lately used by Mr. Dugald Stewart, “to liberalise the views.”

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Isaac Disraeli
  • Macaulay did much to enlarge and liberalise the conception of history.

  • Everything is done to captivate, and to liberalise in appearance, a system essentially despotic.

    Diary in America, Series One|Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

British Dictionary definitions for liberalise



/ (ˈlɪbərəˌlaɪz, ˈlɪbrə-) /


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 liberalise



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper