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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for emancipate in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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.


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈmænsɪpeɪt/
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emancipate (third-person singular simple present emancipates, present participle emancipating, simple past and past participle emancipated)

  1. To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as:
    1. To set free, as a minor from a parent
      a father may emancipate a child
    2. To set free from bondage; to give freedom to; to manumit
      to emancipate a slave
      emancipate a country
  2. To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence
    emancipate someone from prejudices or error
    • 1980, Bob Marley, Redemption Song
      Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.
    • (Can we date this quote by Evelyn and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      From how many troublesome and slavish impertinences [] he had emancipated and freed himself.
    • (Can we date this quote by A. W. Ward and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      to emancipate the human conscience


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emancipate (comparative more emancipate, superlative most emancipate)

  1. Freed; set at liberty.

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  1. feminine plural of emancipato



  1. second-person plural present indicative of emancipare
  2. second-person plural imperative of emancipare
  3. feminine plural of emancipato




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of ēmancipō