from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free from slavery or bondage; emancipate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To release from slavery, to free.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To release from slavery; to liberate from personal bondage or servitude; to free, as a slave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To release from slavery; liberate from personal bondage or servitude; set free, as a slave; emancipate.
- Synonyms Enfranchise, Liberate, etc. See emancipate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. free from slavery or servitude
Middle English manumitten, from Old French manumitter, from Latin manūmittere : manū, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + mittere, to send from.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin manumittere, from pre-Classical Latin manu emittere, literally ‘send out from one’s hand’. (Wiktionary)