Definition of emancipate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Set free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions.

    ‘the citizen must be emancipated from the obsessive secrecy of government’
    • ‘Perhaps air travel, despite Toynbee, after all emancipates the world centre from a geographical locus, enabling it to respond to other factors - population and economic and military power.’
    • ‘The 1950s and 1960s were a great transition period in China's history that witnessed millions of women emancipated from family constraints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore, males are emancipated from mate guarding and parental duties during the incubation period, making this period free for opportunistic extrapair activities.’
    • ‘The 1950s is the moment when we felt ourselves emancipated from the colonial past.’
    • ‘The working class will not be in a position to create a science and an art of its own until it has been fully emancipated from its present class position.’
    • ‘By this time writing had been truly emancipated from the state.’
    • ‘Knowing and understanding our limitation is very crucial and a significant part of emancipating ourselves from its control.’
    • ‘So the vision such nihilists offered 20 th-century man was of a destiny no more elevated than a dog or cat, emancipated from morality other than subservience to the state.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the twentieth century the Czars ruled over a population of 164 million, consisting overwhelmingly of peasants who had been emancipated from actual serfdom only a generation earlier.’
    • ‘The prospect of biogenetic intervention opened up by increasing access to the human genome effectively emancipates humankind from the constraints of a finite species, from enslavement to the ‘selfish gene’.’
    • ‘Why is it that so many of those whose political creed should be driven by a desire to emancipate those who are suffering choose to object to a course of action which would deliver millions from misery?’
    • ‘The unions were not emancipated from Thatcherite, neo-liberal greed, as everyone thought they would be when they voted for a Labour government in 1997.’
    • ‘Thanks to that separation, business decisions were emancipated from the pressure of moral obligations and personal commitments that guide family life.’
    • ‘Long emancipated from literal serfdom, the peasants in the last 150 years of the monarchy were also freed from the control and influence of the lord, even as they struggled to secure their small holdings.’
    • ‘By abstinence from meat and from sexual activity, the soul could be gradually emancipated from its bodily fetters.’
    • ‘Historical perspective emancipated academics from the restrictions of contemporary viewpoints.’
    • ‘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, unrepressed, uninhibited, free and easy, free, free-spirited
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    1. 1.1Law Set (a child) free from the authority of its parents.
      ‘the plaintiffs had not been entirely emancipated from their father's control’
      ‘an emancipated minor’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The problem of teen homelessness was close to his heart: He left home when he was only 14 to escape an ‘intolerable’ situation, and he became a legally emancipated minor at 16.’
      • ‘He'd gotten emancipated minor status at seventeen and rented a small, run-down place.’
      • ‘One family counselor suggested that Sophie be emancipated from her family at 16 years of age.’
      • ‘Legally, a number of situations exist in which minors are considered emancipated and therefore able to give sole consent for treatment.’
    2. 1.2 Free (someone) from slavery.
      ‘it is estimated that he emancipated 8,000 slaves’
      • ‘Entering a society primarily shaped by these European interests, black women were emancipated from slavery into legally sanctioned inequality.’
      • ‘His only legitimacy for emancipating the slaves lay in using the action to weaken those areas still fighting, not areas that had already surrendered or never seceded.’
      • ‘Slaves were emancipated in 1863, but more than a century passed before the Voting Rights Act became law.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you relied on general American attitudes, you would have waited a long time to emancipate the slaves.’
      • ‘And why do their protests all sound so much like the arguments against emancipating the slaves or giving the vote to women or ensuring civil rights regardless of race?’
      • ‘Unlike Douglass and Jacobs, Truth did not spend years living as a fugitive slave, and she had the additional legal protection of being officially emancipated by the state within months of her escape.’
      • ‘Guiana 1838 takes the viewer back into the colonial time when slaves were emancipated and the colonial master was finding it difficult to get labour to work the endless fields of cane.’
      • ‘Even after the Civil War, when slaves were emancipated, comparatively few Gullah moved to northern cities.’
      • ‘Slavery was abolished in Jamaica in 1833; but it was not until 1838 that slaves were actually emancipated.’
      • ‘It seems years before the Scots and Irish (thought to be the first settlers there) arrived, emancipated black slaves had already established a community there.’
      • ‘The newly emancipated peasants could then be hired, very cheaply, for much more profitable enterprises, by the richer landowners.’
      • ‘The gains of feudalism didn't wither away when the serf was emancipated and became a ‘free’ worker in the new capitalist society.’
      • ‘Aboriginal people were emancipated in the 1960s.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The church dates back to the 1830's when recently emancipated slaves were given lands at Kingstown.’
      • ‘She began reading the Gettysburg Address and praising Lincoln's courage in emancipating the slaves.’
      • ‘Basically, it is an African American art form, and it grew up after the slaves were emancipated.’
      free, liberate, set free, release, let loose, let out, set loose, discharge
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Early 17th century: from Latin emancipat- ‘transferred as property’, from the verb emancipare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + mancipium ‘slave’.