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liberate

lib·er·ate

liberate

 
pronunciation:
lI b reIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: liberated, liberates, liberating
definition 1: to free or release, esp. from bondage, oppression, or captivity.
Troops liberated the prisoners in the camps at the war's end.She felt constrained at home, but going back to school liberated her.After we'd each caught several lightning bugs in our jars, we liberated them all at once.
synonyms:
deliver, emancipate, enfranchise, free, manumit, release, spring, unfetter
antonyms:
enslave, imprison, seize, subjugate, take
similar words:
acquit, amnesty, extricate, loose, ransom, relieve, rescue, untie, unyoke
definition 2: (informal) to steal or loot, esp. in wartime.
Some of the guys liberated the wine cellar of the old hotel.
synonyms:
appropriate, loot, plunder, snatch
similar words:
lift, pilfer, pillage, pocket, raid, snitch
derivations: liberation (n.), liberator (n.)
Word Parts
The word liberate contains the following parts:
liber1 Latin root that means free
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).