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"liberate" in British English

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liberateverb [T]

uk   /ˈlɪb.ər.eɪt/  us   /-ɚ.eɪt/
to ​help someone or something to be ​free: They said they ​senttroops in to liberate the ​people/the ​country from a ​dictator. humorous to ​steal something: She liberated those ​spoons from a ​restaurant last ​week.
liberator
noun [C] uk   /-eɪ.tər/  us   /-eɪ.t̬ɚ/
People came out into the ​streets to ​welcome the liberators.
(Definition of liberate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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liberateverb [T]

 us   /ˈlɪb·əˌreɪt/
to ​release someone from ​control, duties, ​limits, or ​prison: Muoz Rivera ​helped liberate Puerto Rico from Spain.
liberated
adjective  us   /ˈlɪb·əˌreɪ·t̬ɪd/
liberated ​nations/​people
liberation
noun [U]  us   /ˌlɪb·əˈreɪ·ʃən/
Summer ​vacationmeans liberation for ​schoolchildren but not for ​theirparents.
liberator
noun [C]  /ˈlɪb·əˌreɪ·t̬ər/
People came out into the ​streets to ​welcome the liberators (= ​people, esp. the ​military, who came to ​free them from a ​government that had too much ​control or was ​cruel).
(Definition of liberate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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