from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make liberal or more liberal: "Our standards of private conduct have been greatly liberalized . . . over recent years” ( Meg Greenfield).
  • intransitive v. To become liberal or more liberal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to make liberal, free.
  • v. to become liberal, free.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make liberal; to free from narrow views or prejudices; to make less strict.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render liberal; enlarge the freedom or scope of; free from narrowness or prejudice: as, to liberalize the institutions of a country.
  • To become liberal.
  • Also spelled liberalise.

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

  • v. make liberal or more liberal, of laws and rules
  • v. become more liberal


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The failure to liberalize is certainly expensive: estimates of the worldwide losses stemming from trade barriers vary, but over time the cost will surely run into the trillions of dollars.

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  • The sentence, which initially said that all members present had agreed to liberalize the telecommunications market to competition, was moved a paragraph up and slightly altered-. minus the word liberalize-to ultimately convey the same message and appease the two labor representatives at the meeting.

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  • You would kiss health care for all good-bye, because the lords of high finance would say: you must pay off this debt first, and the only way is to "liberalize" - your markets.

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  • Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet voted to "liberalize" the procedures under which Israel has allowed goods into Gaza for the past four years. Original

  • The ministers decided after their marathon talks on Wednesday and Thursday to "liberalize"

    San Francisco Sentinel

  • Al Ahram, one gets the impression that, by trying to make divorce and remarriage easier for Copts, the Egyptian government is attempting to "liberalize" Coptic society - only to be challenged by an antiquated pope not open to "reform."

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  • In the span of four years, Google has tested, and for the moment shockingly rejected, a thesis that an entire community of corporations and nations has relied on in part to justify doing business with China for decades: that engagement will "liberalize" China, and that the citizens of an increasingly prosperous and globally integrated China will one day rise up and slip loose the bonds of tyranny. News

  • Etheridge explains that "the Arab Gulf states adopt the lingo and mechanisms of the West-they 'liberalize', they 'privatize'.

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  • "liberalize" the school, accommodating more than 1500 girls.


  • In another e-mail, Ely mocked former school board president Jeff Janiszewski, while praising Raucci's uncompromising leadership style: "I'm still stuck on the concept of him trying to 'liberalize' you. Local Breaking News


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