liberate

[ lib-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈlɪb əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), lib·er·at·ed, lib·er·at·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. liberalism,
  2. liberality,
  3. liberalization,
  4. liberalize,
  5. liberally,
  6. liberated,
  7. liberation,
  8. liberation theology,
  9. liberator,
  10. liberec

Origin of liberate

1615–25; < Latin līberātus (past participle of līberāre to free), equivalent to līberā- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix. See liberal, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for liberated

liberated

/ (ˈlɪbəˌreɪtɪd) /

adjective

given liberty; freed; released
released from occupation or subjugation by a foreign power
(esp in feminist theory) not bound by traditional sexual and social roles

liberate

/ (ˈlɪbəˌreɪt) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsliberator, noun

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Word Origin and History for liberated

liberate

v.

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.

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