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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To free (a colony) from dependent status.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to grant independence to (a former colony).
  • intransitive verb to release one's colonies and free them to become independednt nations; -- of nations.

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  • verb to release from the status of colony
  • verb to allow a colony to become independent

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb grant independence to (a former colony)

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