Definition of emancipate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmansəˌpāt/


[with object]
1Set free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions: the citizen must be emancipated from the obsessive secrecy of government
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  • They did it to liberate the people of Iraq, so that 25 million Iraqis would be emancipated from a sadistic regime, the greatest victory for human rights since the defeat of the Soviet Union.
  • What this form of entertainment has done is to take the woman who had been emancipated from her given traditional roles by the feminists, and relocate her in the domestic arena.
  • Males were likely to obtain extrapair paternity while their own social mates were incubating and the males were emancipated from mate guarding and parental duties.
liberated, independent, unconstrained, uninhibited;
1.1 Law Set (a child) free from the authority of its father or parents.
Example sentences
  • Even the states that permit teenagers to be emancipated from their parents, allowing them to be treated legally as adults, ordinarily mandate that the parents must agree.
  • Legally, a number of situations exist in which minors are considered emancipated and therefore able to give sole consent for treatment.
  • He'd gotten emancipated minor status at seventeen and rented a small, run-down place.
1.2Free from slavery: it is estimated that he emancipated 8,000 slaves
More example sentences
  • Jefferson was that paradigm of liberal schizophrenia: a slave-owner who hated slavery, but somehow never got round to emancipating the people who furnished his income.
  • The slaves were emancipated in 1834 but their living conditions were little better than they had been under slavery, since they had no way to get food and shelter.
  • Entering a society primarily shaped by these European interests, black women were emancipated from slavery into legally sanctioned inequality.
free, liberate, set free, release, deliver, discharge;
unchain, unfetter, unshackle, untie, unyoke
rare disenthrall



Pronunciation: /əˈmansəˌpādər/
Example sentences
  • Gregory Hines was an updater and emancipator of the ancient art of tap dancing.
  • Baker argued that while black southerners credited their freedom to the conscience of the Republicans, to their emancipators it was actually only ‘a reluctantly accepted military necessity.’
  • Indeed, the simple state-versus-parents dichotomy fails to do justice to many educators' perception of themselves as emancipators of the minds of their students.


Pronunciation: /-pəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • Sharing stories, however, isn't all emancipatory and not exactly an enactment of the liberal political dream that promotes solidarity based on community.
  • True, the two movements have much in common in their sheer scope - offering an overall view of science, social science and the arts, and all in the interests of an emancipatory politics.
  • Where can we store these not-so-pleasant residues of digital diasporas whose emancipatory political and aesthetic potential is less than certain?


Early 17th century: from Latin emancipat- 'transferred as property', from the verb emancipare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + mancipium 'slave'.

  • The word emancipate is from Latin emancipare ‘transfer as property’, from e- (a variant of ex-) ‘out’ and mancipium ‘slave’. In Roman law it was the setting free of a child or wife from the power of the pater familias, the head of the household, a sense found in the 20th century in the campaigns for the emancipation of women. Enfranchise (Late Middle English) has a similar history coming from French enfranchir from franc ‘free’, also the source of frank (Middle English). In early medieval France only the conquering Franks (who also gave their name to the country) were fully free. Franchise (Middle English), originally legal immunity, comes from the same source.

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Syllabification: e·man·ci·pate

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