from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate.
- transitive v. Law To release (a child) from the control of parents or a guardian.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as:
- v. To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.
- adj. Freed; set at liberty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as: (a) To set free, as a minor from a parent. (b) To set free from bondage; to give freedom to; to manumit.
- transitive v. To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.
- adj. Set at liberty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set free from servitude or bondage by voluntary act; restore from slavery to freedom; liberate: as, to emancipate a slave.
- To set free or liberate; in a general sense, to free from civil restriction, or restraint of any kind; liberate from bondage, subjection, or controlling power or influence: as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.
- Synonyms Emancipate, Manumit, Enfranchise, Liberate, disenthrall, release, unfetter, unshackle. To manumit is the act of an individual formally freeing a slave; the word has no figurative uses. To emancipate is to free from a literal or a figurative slavery: as, the slaves in the West Indies were emancipated; to emancipate the mind. To enfranchise is to bring into freedom or into civil rights; hence the word often refers to the lifting of a slave into full civil equality with freemen. Liberate is a general word for setting or making free, whether from slavery, from confinement, or from real or figurative oppressions, as fears, doubts, etc.
- Freed; emancipated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give equal rights to; of women and minorities
- v. free from slavery or servitude
Latin ēmancipāre, ēmancipāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + mancipāre, to sell, transfer (from manceps, mancip-, purchaser; see man-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare ("to declare (a son) free and independent of the father's power by the thrice-repeated act of mancipatio and manumission, give from one's own power or authority into that of another, give up, surrender"), from e ("out") + mancipare ("to transfer ownership in"), from manceps ("purchaser, a contractor, literally, one who takes in hand"), from manus ("hand") + capere ("to take"). See manual, and capable. (Wiktionary)