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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 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).
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 restrict our ancient rights 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 your behalf, without even asking you!
take liberties (with sth)
to change something, especially a piece of writing, in a way that people disagree 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)

"liberty" in American English

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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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“liberty” in British English

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