from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To set free, as from oppression, confinement, or foreign control.
  • transitive v. Chemistry To release (a gas, for example) from combination.
  • transitive v. Slang To obtain by illegal or stealthy action: tried to sell appliances that were liberated during the riot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To free; to release from restraint or bondage; to set at liberty; to manumit; to disengage.
  • v. To steal or abscond with (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To release from restraint or bondage; to set at liberty; to free; to manumit; to disengage

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set free; release from restraint or bondage; deliver: as, to liberate a slave or a prisoner; to liberate the mind from the shackles of prejudice.
  • To disengage; separate from something else: as, to liberate a gas from a solid.
  • n. In old English law, a writ issued out of Chancery for the payment of pensions and similar royal allowances; also, a writ issued to the sheriff for the delivery of land and goods taken upon forfeits of recognizance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grant freedom to
  • v. release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
  • v. grant freedom to; free from confinement
  • v. give equal rights to; of women and minorities


Latin līberāre, līberāt-, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin liberatus, past participle of liberare ("to set free, deliver"), from liber ("free"); see liberal. (Wiktionary)



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