liberate

To liberate something means to release it from confinement. As the saying goes, "If you love something, set it free," — liberate it.

Liberate is a powerful verb he verb that has been an important part of the history of the United States. In the Revolutionary War we fought to liberate ourselves from Great Britain, and the Civil War was fought in part to liberate the Southern slaves. As recently as the 1920's, women sought to be liberated from second-class citizen status. Even today, there are rebel groups in foreign countries striving to liberate their people who are denied freedom by their governments.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: liberate

1
v
grant freedom to; free from confinement
2
v
release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: liberate
1

v grant freedom to; free from confinement

Synonyms:
free, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
Antonyms:
confine, detain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement
Types:
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unspell
release from a spell
unchain
make free
bail
release after a security has been paid
run
set animals loose to graze
bail out
free on bail
parole
release a criminal from detention and place him on parole

v grant freedom to

“The students liberated their slaves upon graduating from the university”
Synonyms:
set free
Types:
affranchise, enfranchise
grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude
emancipate, manumit
free from slavery or servitude
decolonise, decolonize
grant independence to (a former colony)
Type of:
discharge, free
free from obligations or duties

v give equal rights to; of women and minorities

Synonyms:
emancipate
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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v release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition

Synonyms:
free, release
Type of:
bring forth, generate
bring into existence
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