- When you free a prisoner, this is an example of a time when you liberate the prisoner.
- When you free someone from slavery or from being held by the enemy, this is an example of a time when you liberate him.
- When you steal an item from its owner, this is an example of a time when you liberate the item.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to release from slavery, oppression, enemy occupation, etc.
- Slang to steal or loot, esp. from a defeated enemy in wartime
- Chem. to free from combination in a compound
Origin of liberatefrom Classical Latin liberatus, past participle of liberare, to set free, release from liber, free: see liberal
transitive verblib·er·at·ed, lib·er·at·ing, lib·er·ates
- To set free, as from oppression, confinement, or foreign control.
- Chemistry To release (a gas, for example) from combination.
- Slang To obtain by illegal or stealthy action: tried to sell appliances that were liberated during the riot.
Origin of liberateLatin līberāre līberāt- from līber free ; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present liberates, present participle liberating, simple past and past participle liberated)
- To free; to release from restraint or bondage; to set at liberty; to manumit; to disengage.
- to liberate a slave or prisoner
- to liberate the mind from prejudice
- to liberate gases
- (euphemistic) To steal or abscond with (something).
- The neighbor's garden gnome is so ugly, I'm tempted to liberate it for them.
liberate - Computer Definition
(Liberate Technologies, San Mateo, CA) A software company that specialized in the information appliance field. Formerly Network Computer, Inc. (NCI), a spin-off from Oracle in 1996, it changed its name in 1999. The company initially promoted the NC Reference Profile specification, later turned over to The Open Group. Liberate provided client and server software for satellite, cable, telco, ISP and corporations to deliver thin computing services. In 2005 the company declared bankruptcy and sold its North American assets to Cox Communications and Comcast Corporation. See network computer.