e ‧ man ‧ ci ‧ pate /ɪˈmænsəpeɪt, ɪˈmænsɪpeɪt/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]
[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: emancipatus , past participle of emancipare , from mancipium 'ownership' ]
formal to give someone the political or legal rights that they did not have before:
Slaves were emancipated in 1834.
—emancipation /ɪˌmænsəˈpeɪʃ ə n, ɪˌmænsɪˈpeɪʃ ə n/ noun [uncountable]