emancipate[ē man′sə pāt′, i-]
- To emancipate is defined as to set someone free.
- When the slaves were set free, this was an example of emancipate.
- When a child is freed from the control of his parents, this is an example of emancipate.
transitive verbemancipated, emancipating
- to set free (a slave, etc.); release from bondage, servitude, or serfdom
- to free from restraint or control, as of social convention
- Law to release (a child) from parental control and supervision
Origin of emancipate; from Classical Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare ; from e-, out + mancipare, to deliver up or make over as property ; from manceps, purchaser ; from manus, the hand (see manual) + capere, to take (see have)
transitive verbe·man·ci·pat·ed, e·man·ci·pat·ing, e·man·ci·pates
- To free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate.
- Law To release (a child) from the control of parents or a guardian.
Origin of emancipateLatin ēmancipāre, ēmancipāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + mancipāre, to sell, transfer (from manceps, mancip-, purchaser; see man-2 in Indo-European roots).
- e·man′ci·pa′tive, e·man′ci·pa·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present emancipates, present participle emancipating, simple past and past participle emancipated)
- To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as:
- To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.
(comparative more emancipate, superlative most emancipate)
- Freed; set at liberty.
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.