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
Because it would liberate me from any pretense of having a relationship with or duty to this person.Carolyn Hax: Her sister-in-law has the starring role in a mean group chat | Carolyn Hax | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Having that tiny bit of choice liberated her strong-willed self.Distance learning was a disaster. So I decided to teach my daughter myself. | Tracey Lewis-Giggetts | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Regardless, there is something liberating about a billowy dress free of a waistline, making working from home all the more comfortable.
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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