- 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.
Origin of liberate
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Examples from the Web for liberate
And we will liberate Chechnya and the entire Caucasus, God willing.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
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
September 5, 2014
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
They participated in the struggle to liberate India in language borrowed from or revitalized by their rulers.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
As much as the reality of death frightens, it can also liberate.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life
January 1, 2014
I want to liberate Englishmen so far as I can from the tyranny of Shakespeare's greatness.The Man Shakespeare
As it was, he attempted to liberate a people which did not feel its slavery.A Dish Of Orts
In 1808 a corps of 10,000 men destined to liberate Portugal was placed under his charge.Self-Help
You wish me to liberate David Rossi and leave you to deal with him?The Eternal City
Liberate their conscience from the materialism by which it is weighed down.Italy, the Magic Land
- 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
Word Origin and History for liberate
1620s, from Latin liberatus, past participle of liberare "set free," from liber "free" (see liberal). Meaning "to free an occupied territory from the enemy" (often used ironically) is from 1942. Related: Liberated; liberating.