Emancipate E*man"ci*pate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emancipated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emancipating}.] [L. emancipatus, p. p. of emancipare to emancipate; e + mancipare to transfer ownership in, fr. manceps purchaser, as being one who laid his hand on the thing bought; manus hand + capere to take. See {Manual}, and {Capable}.] To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as: (a) To set free, as a minor from a parent; as, a father may emancipate a child. (b) To set free from bondage; to give freedom to; to manumit; as, to emancipate a slave, or a country. [1913 Webster]

Brasidas . . . declaring that he was sent to emancipate Hellas. --Jowett (Thucyd. ). (c) To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error. [1913 Webster]

From how many troublesome and slavish impertinences . . . he had emancipated and freed himself. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

To emancipate the human conscience. --A. W. Ward. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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