Word of the Day: Liberate

lib-er-ate / ˈlibəˌrāt




  1. to free from something, usually imprisonment

The function of music is to liberate in the soul those feelings which normally we keep locked up in the heart.

from ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks, 1953-


  1. to free a country from domination by a foreign power

No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013


  1. of a gas, to free from combination

Extreme care must be taken not to liberate large quantities of gas from a thing downhole reservoir by drilling through it too rapidly.