transitive verb | \ i-ˈman-sə-ˌpāt \ | eman·ci·pate
: to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; especially : to free from bondage emancipated the slaves — compare enfranchise : to free from bondage emancipated the slaves — compare enfranchise
: to release from the care, responsibility, and control of one's parents — compare age of majority, legal age
Note: The circumstances under which a minor may become emancipated vary from state to state. In many states, however, the marriage of a minor results in his or her emancipation.