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Meaning of liberate

lib•er•ate

Pronunciation: (lib'u-rāt"), [key]
— -at•ed, -at•ing.
  1. to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
  2. to free (a nation or area) from control by a foreign or oppressive government.
  3. to free (a group or individual) from social or economic constraints or discrimination, esp. arising from traditional role expectations or bias.
  4. to disengage; set free from combination, as a gas.
  5. to steal or take over illegally: The soldiers liberated a consignment of cigarettes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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