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American English: /ˈlɪbərdi/
British English: /ˈlɪbəti/

Translation of liberty in Spanish:

noun plural -ties

  • 1 1.1 uncountable (freedom) to deprive somebody of (her/his) liberty
    privar a alguien de su libertad
    to be at liberty
    estar libre or en libertad
    to set somebody at liberty
    poner or dejar a alguien en libertad
    liberar a alguien
    to be at liberty to + infinitive [formal]I'm not at liberty to tell you
    no se lo puedo decir
    you're not at liberty to alter the text
    no tienes autorización para cambiar el texto
    Example sentences
    • May I remind you that if you drive while disqualified over the next two years, you could lose your liberty.
    • Mrs Camidge said: ‘For the last two months he has been living in fear of losing his liberty through his foolishness.’
    • Criminals are being warned that they could lose their liberty and their lavish lifestyle thanks to the dedicated efforts of a North Yorkshire Police team.
    1.2 countable (right)
    Example sentences
    • He says currently human rights and fundamental liberties are not enshrined clearly and completely anywhere in Australian legislation.
    • We believed that our rights, privileges and liberties did not derive from the king or government, but rather were a gift from god.
    • The Great Charter confirmed previous royal charters and incorporates previous liberties, privileges and exemptions, which the city had formerly enjoyed.
  • 2 countable (presumptuous action) (especially British English) what a liberty!
    ¡qué descaro or atrevimiento!
    to take the liberty of -ing
    tomarse la libertad de + infinitive
    permitirse + infinitive [formal]
    to take liberties with somebody
    tomarse libertades or confianzas con alguien
    she wasn't the sort of girl to let anyone take liberties with her
    no era el tipo de chica con quien uno se puede propasar
    you're taking a liberty using his first name
    te estás tomando demasiadas confianzas al llamarlo por su nombre
  • 3 countable (leave)
    (American English) (Nautical)
    Example sentences
    • Second, when their workload permits, Sailors get special liberty the day before their final exams to study, similar to what many commands do for advancement exams.
    • Sailors on the ship, ashore on liberty or in the local community would raise their level of awareness and be on the lookout for anything unusual.
    • A Sailor, on liberty in a foreign port, was returning to his ship when a knife-wielding assassin attacked him.

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