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Feb 11, 2010
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castigate
disport
prevaricate
affranchise
obnubilate

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with Anu Garg

affranchise

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-FRAN-chyz)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To make or set free.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French franchise, from franche, feminine of franc (free), from Latin francus (free). Franchise and enfranchise are synonyms of this word.

USAGE:
"Military life did not agree with his contemplative nature, and Al-Salih eventually requested that the sultan grant him his freedom so that he could devote himself to prayer. Having been affranchised, he went back to Tabriz."
Pascale Ghazaleh; Digging for Paradise; Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo, Egypt); Oct 19, 2000.

See more usage examples of affranchise in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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