-pat·ed -pat·ing 1 :
to free from restraint, control, or the power of another ;esp :
to free from bondage [emancipated
the slaves] compare enfranchise 2 :
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.