Definition of liberate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    liberate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪbəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪbəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they liberate
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪbəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪbəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it liberates
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪbəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪbəreɪts//
     
    past simple liberated
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle liberated
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form liberating
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪbəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪbəreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1liberate somebody/something (from somebody/something) to free a country or a person from the control of somebody else The city was liberated by the advancing army.
  2. 2liberate somebody (from something) to free somebody from something that restricts their control over and enjoyment of their own life Writing poetry liberated her from the routine of everyday life.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin liberat- ‘freed’, from the verb liberare, from liber ‘free’.Extra examples The people said they had the right to liberate themselves by whatever means necessary. Their mission was to liberate the thousands who had been enslaved. They were eventually liberated from British rule after a long struggle.
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