[ lahy-beer-ee-uh ]


  1. a republic in West Africa: founded in 1822 by freeborn and formerly enslaved Black people from the United States. About 43,000 sq. mi. (111,000 sq. km). : Monrovia.


/ laɪˈbɪərɪə /


  1. a republic in W Africa, on the Atlantic: originated in 1822 as a home for freed Afro-American slaves, with land purchased by the American Colonization Society; republic declared in 1847; exports are predominantly rubber and iron ore. Official language: English. Religion: Christian majority, also animist. Currency: dollar. Capital: Monrovia. Pop: 3 989 703 (2013 est). Area: 111 400 sq km (43 000 sq miles)
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  1. Republic in western Africa , bordered by Sierra Leone to the northwest, Guinea to the north, the Ivory Coast to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest.

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The American Colonization Society began settlement of black Americans, most of them freed slaves, in 1822. Eventually, 15,000 blacks emigrated to Liberia.
A civil war that commenced in 1989 and that lasted until the mid-1990s claimed more than 150,000 lives.
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Other Words From

  • an·ti-Li·be·ri·an adjective noun
  • Li·be·ri·an adjective noun
  • pro-Li·be·ri·an adjective noun
  • trans-Li·be·ri·an adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Liberia1

First recorded in 1825–30; from Latin līber “free” + -ia ( def )
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Example Sentences

Bates knew what was going on Xinjiang and, as a former refugee from Liberia, was versed in trauma and the immigrant experience.

Liberia is awaiting results of Tuesday’s referendum to reduce the length of presidential terms from six to five years.

From Ozy

Liberia, one of Africa’s smallest economies, has seen a rapid growth in mobile users over the last decade, but its regulators are stuck in an ongoing pricing battle with two of the region’s largest telecoms companies in the world.

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The moment we heard that there was this new disease in China, we knew there was no chance that we wouldn’t get the disease in Liberia.

Our initial strategy was to prevent covid from coming into Liberia.

In Liberia, the number is just over 54 percent—Sierra Leone, 67 percent.

Neighboring Guinea and Liberia, said WHO, were presenting evidence of a decrease in cases.

Liberia, once the hot zone, now reports 7,719 cases, while Guinea has 2,283.

“We are it,” Davis says when I ask if the military has a plan for how to get an infected American service member out of Liberia.

The two American humanitarian workers infected with Ebola in Liberia were fighting for their lives.

This Extract will make a convenient statistic reference for matters concerning Liberia.

We certainly do intend to deal fairly with Liberia, and give the reader every information that may tend to enlighten them.

He first went to Liberia as a teacher, supported by a society of ladies in New York.

The land needed for the accommodation of the school was given by the government of Liberia.

But in this, we were disappointed—grievously disappointed, and proceed to show in short, our objections to Liberia.





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