(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 set free, as a minor from a parent; as, a father may emancipate a child.
- To set free from bondage; to give freedom to; to manumit; as, to emancipate a slave, or a country.
- 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.