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liberty

noun uk   /ˈlɪb.ə.ti/ us    /-ɚ.t̬i/

liberty noun (FREEDOM)

B2 [U] formal the freedom to live as you wish or go where you want: For most citizens, liberty means the freedom to practise their religious or political beliefs. Hundreds of political prisoners are to be given their liberty (= released from prison). Of the ten men who escaped this morning from Dartmoor Prison, only two are still at liberty (= free or not yet caught).Freedom to actOpportunity be at liberty to do sth C2 formal to be allowed to do something: I'm not at liberty to reveal any names.Allowing and permitting liberties [plural] formal freedom to live as you wish or go where you want: These laws will restrict our ancient rights and liberties.Morality and rules of behaviour

liberty noun (BAD BEHAVIOUR)

[C] an example of speech or behaviour that upsets other people because it shows little respect or does not follow what is thought to be polite or acceptable: What a liberty, to refuse the invitation on your behalf, without even asking you!Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire take liberties (with sth) to change something, especially a piece of writing, in a way that people disagree withAdapting and modifying ChangingAdapting and attuning to something take liberties (with sb) old-fashioned to be too friendly with someone, usually in a sexual way: Some of the younger women complained that he'd been taking liberties with them.Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
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