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"liberty" in British English

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uk   /ˈlɪb.ə.ti/  us   /ˈlɪb.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 ​practisetheirreligious or ​politicalbeliefs. Hundreds of ​politicalprisoners are to be giventheir liberty (= ​released from ​prison). Of the ten men who ​escaped this ​morning from Dartmoor Prison, only two are still at liberty (= ​free or not ​yetcaught).
be at liberty to do sth C2 formal
to be ​allowed to do something: I'm not at liberty to ​reveal any ​names.
liberties [plural] formal
freedom to ​live as you ​wish or go where you ​want: These ​laws will ​restrictourancientrights and liberties.

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  • 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 ​yourbehalf, without ​evenasking you!
take liberties (with sth)
to ​change something, ​especially a ​piece of writing, in a way that ​peopledisagree with
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.
(Definition of liberty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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libertynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈlɪb·ər·t̬i/
social studies the ​freedom to ​live as you ​wish and go where you ​want: [C] individual liberties [U] Our ​group is ​fighting for independence, liberty, ​democracy, and ​peace.
at liberty
Someone who is at liberty to do something has ​permission to do it: I’m not at liberty to ​discuss this with you.
(Definition of liberty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “liberty”
in Korean 자유…
in Arabic حُرّية…
in Malaysian kebebasan, lancang…
in French liberté…
in Russian свобода…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自由…
in Italian libertà…
in Turkish özgürlük, hürriyet, serbestlik…
in Polish wolność…
in Spanish libertad…
in Vietnamese sự giải phóng, sự tự do, quyền tự do…
in Portuguese liberdade…
in Thai อิสรภาพ, อิสระเสรี…
in German die Freiheit, die Ungehörigkeit…
in Catalan llibertat…
in Japanese 自由…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自由…
in Indonesian kemerdekaan, kebebasan, lancang…
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