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.

Definitions of liberate
  1. verb
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
    synonyms: free, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
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    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
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    release from a spell
    make free
    release after a security has been paid
    set animals loose to graze
    bail out
    free on bail
    release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
  2. verb
    grant freedom to
    “The students liberated their slaves upon graduating from the university”
    synonyms: set free
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    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)
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    discharge, free
    free from obligations or duties
  3. verb
    give equal rights to; of women and minorities
    synonyms: emancipate
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  4. verb
    release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
    synonyms: free, release
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    bring forth, generate
    bring into existence
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