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[lib-er-uh-lahyz, lib-ruh-]
verb (used with or without object), lib·er·al·ized, lib·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make or become liberal.
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Also especially British, lib·er·al·ise.

Origin of liberalize

First recorded in 1765–75; liberal + -ize
Related formslib·er·al·i·za·tion, nounlib·er·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·lib·er·al·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·lib·er·al·ize, verb, o·ver·lib·er·al·ized, o·ver·lib·er·al·iz·ing.un·lib·er·al·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for liberalize

Historical Examples

  • To liberalize is to make free, as to free from narrow views or prejudices.


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • One is the desire to liberalize Christianity and make it more inclusive.

    Nine O'Clock Talks

    Frederic B. Kellogg

  • The Dominicans and Jesuits set their faces like flint against all education tending to liberalize the mind.

  • They warm the heart; they enlarge and liberalize our minds; they animate our courage in a time of conflict.

  • It taught us those kindly sentiments between nations which warm the heart, liberalize the mind, and animate the courage.

British Dictionary definitions for liberalize



  1. to make or become liberal
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Derived Formsliberalization or liberalisation, nounliberalizer or liberaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for liberalize


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

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