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slang To steal something (from someone or some place). I made sure to liberate some office equipment as I left the building for the last time. I heard he liberated a 1976 Corvette Stingray from the guy's mansion.

liberate from

1. slang To release someone or something from someone's or some group's control. The military managed to liberate all 108 hostages from the compound. You think you're coming into our country liberating us from an oppressor, but you are just an oppressor with a different face.
2. slang To steal something from someone or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "liberate" and "from." I made sure to liberate some equipment from the company as I left the building for the last time. I heard he liberated a 1976 Corvette Stingray from the guy's mansion.
See also: liberate
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liberate someone or something from someone or something

to free someone or something from someone or something; to set someone or something free from the control of someone or something. The police hoped to liberate the child from his kidnappers. We liberated the town from the enemy. I liberated the cat from the trap.
See also: liberate
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tv. to steal something. (Originally military.) We liberated a few reams of paper and a box of pens.
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"Broadcom's technology combined with the Liberate TV Platform provides consumer electronics manufacturers and network operators with a powerful platform that easily delivers strong interactive TV services to consumers," said Tim Lindenfelser, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Business Unit.
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Ultimately, the narrator uses irony in the main plot of the story: God sends Jesus the prophet-Messiah to liberate God's people, Israel.
Coleman ultimately concludes that these authors' attempts to liberate both their black male protagonists and, by extension, their own artistic voices are at best incomplete and not wholly successful, given that the Calibanic text is so deeply embedded in Western aesthetics and ontology: "The main point is that Calibanic discourse has an unconsc ious power that even many black male writers cannot clearly subvert or rewrite, and in spite of their intentions to redefine black men, their stories challenge (that is, contest) and compromise (that is, restrict) their own ends by reaffirming Calibanic definitions." The writers he examines, therefore, ostensibly would appear to be relegated to endless and fruitless attempts to re-imagine venal narratives that have been culturally unimpeachable.
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Trust, love, and respect between wife and husband liberate them both from the anxieties of loneliness, from the burden of making important decisions alone, and from the stress of being without consistent consolation and concern during sickness or failure; they liberate them from the very destructive and weakening wounds of betrayal and from the fear of such wounds.
A number of displaced people from occupied Golan came to Ein al-Tina and participated in the festival, which was organized by Quneitra governorate, renewing the Syrians' resolve to liberate the entire occupied Golan and raise the national flag over it.
Yemen's Red Sea Coast is witnessing large-scale military operations west of Taiz District, which has resulted in the re-taking of new areas from the militias, to liberate and secure the Red Sea Coast and lift the siege on Taiz from the west.
"The National Army forces launched a new military operation in the Directorate of Al-Zaher, during which it fought heavy battles against the Houthi milita and managed to liberate Al-Aasem, Wattab Abu Aqal, Camp Al-Kamb and the rural Al-Malahiz hospital building," sources said.
September Net, the electronic website run by the ministry of defense, quoted field sources as saying that fierce battles took place yesterday between the Yemeni army and Houthi militias at Al-Maymana and Al-Maysara sites in Nahm directorate whereas the army succeeded to liberate the last of a mountainous series which was under the grip of Houthis along Al-Misnaa mountain.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several regions were liberated, while ISIL militants were killed in Western Anbar, as Iraqi joint troops resumed their advance to liberate the terrorist group's last two bastions in the province.