- 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 liberated
The liberated soul does not cease to act, to think, to create, to instigate revolutionary flows.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, was photographed in Amerli, after the town was liberated from ISIS.Iran Orders Elite Troops: Lay Off U.S. Forces in Iraq
October 6, 2014
August 27, 1944, and the troops of the Second Armored Division under the command of General Leclerc had just liberated Paris.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
A bus driver in rebel-“liberated” Donetsk said he's seen more people travel from Mariupol lately to return to their homes.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines
September 8, 2014
Azaz had long been a haven for the Free Syrian Army whose Northern Storm Brigade had liberated the town in July 2012.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
We have known and boasted all along that they were the principles of a liberated mankind.
He was liberated after a week's imprisonment, but banished to his chateau at Verteuil.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
Nevertheless, he has liberated a force that no gauge made by man can measure.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
We shouted for help, or to be liberated from our noisome prison.
Puss had no sooner been liberated than she bounded out at the open door.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
- 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
- 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 liberated
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.