Meaning of manumit in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmanjʊˈmɪt/

verbverb manumits, verb manumitting, verb manumitted

[with object] historical
  • Release from slavery; set free.

    ‘old Angus had never manumitted a single slave’
    • ‘Gradually they have been manumitted; the slaves are free, women vote, young people have a childhood and a charter, the mentally unstable given a place, the disabled access.’
    • ‘To be manumitted, slaves required ‘free papers,’ even when masters failed to confer these promised documents, either through callousness, unexpected debt, or untimely death.’
    • ‘In response, members of the Georgia and South Carolina Congressional delegations intimated that if Congress attempted to manumit slaves, their states would leave the Union.’
    • ‘They manumitted them if they were children of slave women and deeded them property.’
    • ‘It even seemed possible that they could improve the conditions of slaves and persuade ever more planters to manumit their bondsmen.’
    set free, free, release, let out, let go, discharge, let loose, set loose, deliver, save, rescue, extricate


Late Middle English from Latin manumittere, literally ‘send forth from the hand’, from manus ‘hand’ + mittere ‘send’.