Definition of “liberty” - English Dictionary

“liberty” in British English

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libertynoun

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:

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)