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liberate (v.)

"set free, release from restraint or bondage," 1620s, from Latin liberatus, past participle of liberare "to set free" (source also of Spanish librar, French livrer), from liber "free, not a slave, unrestricted" (see liberal (adj.)). Meaning "to free an occupied territory from the enemy" (often used ironically) is from 1942; hence the World War II slang sense "to loot." Related: Liberated; liberating.

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Definitions of liberate

liberate (v.)
give equal rights to; of women and minorities;
Synonyms: emancipate
liberate (v.)
grant freedom to; free from confinement;
Synonyms: free / release / unloose / unloosen / loose
liberate (v.)
grant freedom to;
The students liberated their slaves upon graduating from the university
Synonyms: set free
liberate (v.)
release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition;
Synonyms: release / free
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