- 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.
- 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: ; from Classical Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare ; from e-, out plush mancipare, to deliver up or make over as property ; from manceps, purchaser ; from manus, the hand (see manual) plush capere, to take (see have)
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transitive verb e·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: Latin ēmancipāre, ēmancipāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + mancipāre, to sell, transfer (from manceps, mancip-, purchaser; see man-2 in Indo-European roots).
- e·manˈci·paˌtive, e·manˈci·pa·toˌry adjective
- e·manˈci·paˌtor noun