to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
to free (a nation or area) from control by a foreign or oppressive government.
to free (a group or individual) from social or economic constraints or discrimination, especially arising from traditional role expectations or bias.
to disengage; set free from combination, as a gas.
Slang. to steal or take over illegally: The soldiers liberated a consignment of cigarettes.
- lib·er·a·tive, lib·er·a·to·ry [lib-er-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈlɪb ər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
- lib·er·a·tor, noun
- pre·lib·er·ate, verb (used with object), pre·lib·er·at·ed, pre·lib·er·at·ing.
- re·lib·er·ate, verb (used with object), re·lib·er·at·ed, re·lib·er·at·ing.
- un·lib·er·at·ed, adjective
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How to use liberate in a sentence
Working remotely was supposed to make us more engaged and productive, liberating our creativity from the confines of the office.
Rather, such new technologies effectively “liberate” quantum mechanics from the confines of atoms and molecules and bring it to the macroscopic scales of everyday life.
Instead, we should think of them as liberating, a way to keep us away from the virus.As CDC Warns Against Thanksgiving Travel, Here Are A Dozen More Things You Can Do To Help Stop COVID-19 | LGBTQ-Editor | November 21, 2020 | No Straight News
The following age will be modulated through ubuntu, liberating the last of humankind to exist in a hierarchal civilization.
Or, I realized after some further thought, they might be planning to shop around for new partners as soon as they were liberated from the existing contract, exploring all the available options regarding studio, technology, publisher, and cash.‘The Dream Architects’: Inside the making of gaming’s biggest franchises | Rachel King | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
And we will liberate Chechnya and the entire Caucasus, God willing.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why. | Anna Nemtsova | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I would enslave them even more and liberate men so they would start behaving like men again.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America | Asawin Suebsaeng | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We fought in Mosul 10 days,” Jasim said, “then they sent us to Bayji to help the army liberate the refinery.Bikers of Baghdad: Sunnis, Shias, Skulls, ‘Harleys,’ and Iraqi Flags | Jacob Siegel | July 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During the conflict to liberate Kuwait, Egypt contributed the fourth-largest contingent of troops to the international coalition.Let's Get Real: Washington Can't Walk Away From Cairo | Frank G. Wisner | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They participated in the struggle to liberate India in language borrowed from or revitalized by their rulers.
He promised to liberate all prisoners of war who might fall into insurgent hands, on surrender of their arms and ammunition.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
At the first meeting the Filipinos agreed to liberate all except the friars, because these might raise trouble.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Fearless, strong, and proud, he will conquer all obstacles; he will break his chains and liberate mankind.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
But to act, I have come, madame, to liberate from this shambles the gentle lamb you hold here prisoned.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
They profess to liberate the soul from the evils of mortal life,--to arrive at eternal beatitudes.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for liberate
to give liberty to; make free
to release (something, esp a gas) from chemical combination during a chemical reaction
to release from occupation or subjugation by a foreign power
to free from social prejudices or injustices
euphemistic, or facetious to steal
- liberator, noun
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