American English

Definition of liberty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. liberties)
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  1. 1[uncountable] freedom to live as you choose without too many restrictions from government or authority the fight for justice and liberty The concept of individual liberty is enshrined in the constitution.
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of not being a prisoner or a slave the salves struggle for liberty
  3. 3[countable] the legal right and freedom to do something The right to vote should be a liberty enjoyed by all. People fear that security cameras could infringe personal liberties. see also civil liberty
  4. 4[singular] an act or a statement that may offend or annoy someone, especially because it is done without permission or does not show respect He took the liberty of reading my files while I was away.
  5. Idioms
    at liberty (formal)
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    (of a prisoner or an animal) no longer in prison or in a cage synonym free
    at liberty to do something (formal)
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    having the right or freedom to do something synonym free You are at liberty to say what you like. I am not at liberty to discuss my client's case.
      take liberties with somebody/something
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    1. 1to make important and unreasonable changes to something, especially a book The movie takes considerable liberties with the novel that it is based on.
    2. 2(old-fashioned) to be too friendly with someone, especially in a sexual way