Definitions for liberateˈlɪb əˌreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lib•er•ate*ˈlɪb əˌreɪt(v.t.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. to set free, as from imprisonment.

  2. to free (a nation or area) from control by a foreign or oppressive government.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. to free (a group or individual) from social or economic constraints or discrimination, esp. arising from traditional role expectations or bias.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Sociology

  4. to disengage; set free from combination, as a gas.

  5. Informal. to steal or take over illegally:

    The prisoners liberated a consignment of chocolates.

    Category: Status (usage)

* Syn: See release.

Origin of liberate:

1615–25; < L līberātus, ptp. of līberāre to free, der. of līber free


Princeton's WordNet

  1. emancipate, liberate(verb)

    give equal rights to; of women and minorities

  2. free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose(verb)

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

  3. liberate, set free(verb)

    grant freedom to

    "The students liberated their slaves upon graduating from the university"

  4. release, free, liberate(verb)

    release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. liberate(verb)ˈlɪb əˌreɪt

    to set free

    Troops marched in and liberated the city.

  2. liberateˈlɪb əˌreɪt

    to make it possible for sb to do what they want to do

    As a musician he felt punk music liberated him.


  1. liberate(Verb)

    to free; to release from restraint or bondage; to set at liberty; to manumit; to disengage

  2. liberate(Verb)

    to steal or abscond with (something)

    The neighbor's garden gnome is so ugly, I'm tempted to liberate it for them.

  3. Origin: From liberatus, past participle of liberare, from liber; see liberal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liberate(adj)

    to release from restraint or bondage; to set at liberty; to free; to manumit; to disengage; as, to liberate a slave or prisoner; to liberate the mind from prejudice; to liberate gases

Anagrams of liberate

  1. iterable

Translations for liberate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to set free

The prisoners were liberated by the new government.

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