MEANING: verb tr.: To free from slavery, servitude, or restraint.

ETYMOLOGY: Back-formation from manumission, from Latin manus (hand) + mittere (to let go). Earliest documented use: 1523. A synonym is manumit.

MANI-MISE - to get one's nails cared for cheaply

CANUMISE - to turn into a dog (especially during a full moon)

MANUMIST - Fella, you have lousy aim!