If you emancipate someone, you set them free from something. At the end of the Civil War, slaves were emancipated and became free men and women.

If you break down emancipate, you have e- "out," -man- from the Latin manus "hand," and -cip- from the Latin verb "to take." Put it together, and you have "to be taken out of someone's hands" — a good definition of freedom. The American Revolution was about colonists emancipating themselves from British rule. As a legal term, if a child is emancipated, he or she is declared independent from parental control.

Definitions of emancipate

v free from slavery or servitude

Type of:
liberate, set free
grant freedom to

v give equal rights to; of women and minorities

Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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