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[lib-uh-reyt] /ˈlɪb əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), liberated, liberating.
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.
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),
liberator, noun
preliberate, verb (used with object), preliberated, preliberating.
reliberate, verb (used with object), reliberated, reliberating.
unliberated, adjective
1. deliver, unfetter, disenthrall, loose. See release.
1. imprison; enthrall. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for liberating
  • There is something liberating in running out of food.
  • For there is something extremely liberating in running out of food.
  • Then dictators were eliminated by self proclaimed democracy and liberating radicals and fanatics.
  • Under these extreme conditions atomic nuclei collide and fuse, liberating energy that could provide virtually limitless power.
  • It was a liberating time, and certainly a political one.
  • They are immensely useful and liberating contraptions.
  • In this view, the promise to tackle budget deficits has had a liberating effect on private spending by reducing uncertainty.
  • The rebels are not a national army and their units remain local, focused on liberating places they know.
  • The government has also spent freely to keep its liberating side-effects under control.
  • The reckoning followed implacably in the footsteps of the liberating armies.
British Dictionary definitions for liberating


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
liberator, noun
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Word Origin and History for liberating



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 liberating



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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