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liberate

[lib-uh-reyt] /ˈlɪb əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), liberated, liberating.
1.
to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
2.
to free (a nation or area) from control by a foreign or oppressive government.
3.
to free (a group or individual) from social or economic constraints or discrimination, especially arising from traditional role expectations or bias.
4.
to disengage; set free from combination, as a gas.
5.
Slang. to steal or take over illegally:
The soldiers liberated a consignment of cigarettes.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin līberātus (past participle of līberāre to free), equivalent to līberā- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix. See liberal, -ate1
Related forms
liberative, liberatory
[lib-er-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlɪb ər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
liberator, noun
preliberate, verb (used with object), preliberated, preliberating.
reliberate, verb (used with object), reliberated, reliberating.
unliberated, adjective
Synonyms
1. deliver, unfetter, disenthrall, loose. See release.
Antonyms
1. imprison; enthrall.
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  • It provided a cheap source of calories and was easy to cultivate, so it liberated workers from the land.
  • The liberated segments then start spiraling toward the surface.
  • The idea that our brains were liberated to grow by availability of cooked foods is backwards.
  • As chance would have it, she married the officer who liberated her.
  • Minds will be opened, and many will find themselves liberated to express views previously forbidden.
  • But a coherent government in the liberated zone has yet to emerge.
  • His shiny airplane, a target for government bombers, stands out dangerously in the bleakest liberated zone in the world.
  • And the liberated drop immediately drips onto your interview tie.
  • The people who liberated this public information are heroes.
  • His teenage audiences yelled out with him, suddenly liberated.
British Dictionary definitions for liberated

liberated

/ˈlɪbəˌreɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
given liberty; freed; released
2.
released from occupation or subjugation by a foreign power
3.
(esp in feminist theory) not bound by traditional sexual and social roles

liberate

/ˈlɪbəˌreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give liberty to; make free
2.
to release (something, esp a gas) from chemical combination during a chemical reaction
3.
to release from occupation or subjugation by a foreign power
4.
to free from social prejudices or injustices
5.
(euphemistic or facetious) to steal
Derived Forms
liberator, noun
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Word Origin and History for liberated

liberate

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for liberated

liberate

verb

To steal or appropriate, originally something in conquered enemy territory (WWII Army)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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