[ man-yuh-mit ]
/ ˌmæn yəˈmɪt /

verb (used with object), man·u·mit·ted, man·u·mit·ting.

to release from slavery or servitude.

Origin of manumit

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin manūmittere, earlier manū ēmittere to send away from (one's) hand, i.e., to set free. See manus, emit
Related formsman·u·mit·ter, nounun·man·u·mit·ted, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manumit


/ (ˌmænjʊˈmɪt) /

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted

(tr) to free from slavery, servitude, etc; emancipate
Derived Formsmanumitter, noun

Word Origin for manumit

C15: from Latin manūmittere to release, from manū from one's hand + ēmittere to send away
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Word Origin and History for manumit



early 15c., from Latin manumittere "to release, set at liberty, emancipate," literally "to send from one's 'hand'" (i.e. "control"); see manumission. Related: Manumitted; manumitting.

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