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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).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 withtake 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.
Translations of “liberty”
in Arabic حُرّية…
in Korean 자유…
in Malaysian kebebasan, lancang…
in French liberté…
in Turkish özgürlük, hürriyet, serbestlik…
in Italian libertà…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自由…
in Russian свобода…
in Polish wolność…
in Vietnamese sự giải phóng, sự tự do, quyền tự do…
in Spanish libertad…
in Portuguese liberdade…
in Thai อิสรภาพ, อิสระเสรี…
in German die Freiheit, die Ungehörigkeit…
in Catalan llibertat…
in Japanese 自由…
in Indonesian kemerdekaan, kebebasan, lancang…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自由…
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