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liberate

verb [T] uk   /ˈlɪb.ər.eɪt/ us    /-ɚ.eɪt/
to help someone or something to be free: They said they sent troops 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.
Translations of “liberate”
in Korean 해방시키다…
in Arabic يُحرّر…
in French libérer…
in Turkish özgürlüğüne kavuşturmak, kurtarmak, serbest bırakmak…
in Italian liberare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 解放,使自由, 偷竊,偷盜…
in Russian освобождать…
in Polish uwalniać, wyzwalać…
in Spanish liberar, poner en libertad…
in Portuguese libertar…
in German freilassen…
in Catalan alliberar…
in Japanese ~を解放する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解放,使自由, 偷窃,偷盗…
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