A man exercises his right to free speech.
- The definition of free is enjoying personal freedom and liberties or to have no cost.
- An example of free is a place where citizens may speak and act as they please, as long as they respect this right of others.
- An example of free is a complimentary piece of chocolate with a wine tasting.
- Free is defined as without charge.
An example of free is being able to ride a roller coaster at an amusement park without paying.
- Free means to release or let go.
An example of free is to let all of the animals out of a zoo.
- not under the control of some other person or some arbitrary power; able to act or think without compulsion or arbitrary restriction; having liberty; independent
- characterized by or resulting from liberty
- having, or existing under, a government that does not impose arbitrary restrictions on the right to speak, assemble, petition, vote, etc.; having civil and political liberty: a free people
- not under control of a foreign government
- able to move in any direction; not held, as in chains, etc.; not kept from motion; loose
- not held or confined by a court, the police, etc.; acquitted
- not held or burdened by obligations, debts, discomforts, etc.; unhindered; unhampered: free from pain
- at liberty; allowed: free to leave at any time
- not confined to the usual rules or patterns; not limited by convention or tradition: free verse
- not literal; not exact: a free translation
- not held or confined by prejudice or bias
- not restricted by anything except its own limitations or nature: free will
- not busy or not in use; available for other work, use, etc.
- readily done or made; spontaneous: a free offer
- not constrained or stilted; easy and graceful: a free gait
- generous; liberal; lavish: a free spender
- profuse; copious
- frank; straightforward
- too frank or familiar in speech, action, etc.; forward
- with no charge or cost; gratis: a free ticket
- not liable to (trade restrictions, etc.); exempt from certain impositions, as taxes or duties
- clear of obstructions; open and unimpeded: a free road ahead
- open to all; esp., without restrictions as to trade: a free market, free port
- not in contact or connection; not fastened: the free end of a rope
- not united; not combined: free oxygen
- Games additional; extra: a free turn
- Jazz designating or of improvisation unrestricted by set harmonic structure, rhythmic patterns, tempo, etc.
- Linguis. designating a minimum form, or morpheme, that may occur alone as an independent word: in “boys,” boy is a free form, but -s is not
- Navigation not opposed; favorable: said of a wind blowing from a direction more than six points from straight ahead
Origin of freeMiddle English fre ; from Old English freo, not in bondage, noble, glad, illustrious, akin to German frei, Dutch vrij ; from Indo-European base an unverified form prei-, to be fond of, hold dear from source friend, Sanskrit priyá-, dear, desired
- without cost or payment
- in a free manner; without obstruction, burden, obligation, etc.
- Naut. with a favorable wind
- to release from bondage or arbitrary power, authority, obligation, etc.
- to clear of obstruction, entanglement, etc.; disengage
free and easy
- lacking; without
- released or removed from
- beyond; outside of
give (or have) a free hand
make free with
- to use or treat as if one owned; use freely
- to take liberties with
with a free hand
- a. Not imprisoned or confined: walked out of prison a free man; set the birds free.b. Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: felt free to go.
- a. Not controlled by another country or political power; independent: a free nation.b. Governed by consent and possessing or granting civil liberties: a free citizenry.c. Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government: a free press.d. Not enslaved.
- a. Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance: a healthy animal, free of disease; people free from need.b. Not subject to a given condition; exempt: income that is free of all taxes.
- a. Not bound by convention or the rules of form: a free artistic style.b. Not literal or exact: a free translation.
- a. Costing nothing; gratuitous: a free meal.b. Publicly supported: free education.
- a. Unobstructed; clear: a free lane on the highway.b. Not occupied or used: a free locker; free energy.c. Not taken up by scheduled activities: free time between classes.
- a. Immoderate in giving or spending; liberal or lavish: tourists who are free with their money.b. Frank or unguarded in expression or manner; open or outspoken: She is very free with her opinions.
- Given, made, or done of one's own accord; voluntary or spontaneous: a free act of the will; free choices.
- Chemistry & Physics a. Unconstrained; unconfined: free expansion.b. Not fixed in position; capable of relatively unrestricted motion: a free electron.c. Not chemically bound in a molecule: free oxygen.d. Involving no collisions or interactions: a free path.e. Empty or unoccupied: a free space; an atom with a free energy level.
- Nautical Favorable: a free wind.
- Not bound, fastened, or attached: the free end of a chain.
- Linguistics a. Being a form, especially a morpheme, that can stand as an independent word, such as boat or bring.b. Being a vowel in an open syllable, as the o in go.
- In a free manner; without restraint.
- Without charge.
transitive verbfreed, free·ing, frees
- To make free, as from confinement or oppression: freed the slaves.
- To relieve of a burden, obligation, or restraint: a people who were at last freed from fear.
- To remove obstructions or entanglements from; clear: free a path through the jungle.
- To make available: Canceling the program freed up money for the new library.
Origin of freeMiddle English fre, from Old English fr&emacron;o. V., from Middle English freen, from Old English fr&emacron;on, to love, set free; see pr&imacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative freer, superlative freest)
- Not imprisoned or enslaved.
- a free man
- (by extension, chiefly advertising slang) Obtainable without additional payment, as a bonus given when paying for something else.
- Buy a TV to get a free DVD player!
- He was given free rein to do whatever he wanted.
- Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; frank; communicative.
- Generous; liberal.
- He's very free with his money.
- (mathematics) Unconstrained by relators.
- the free group on three generators
- (mathematics, logic) Unconstrained by quantifiers.
- z is the free variable in "".
- Unobstructed, without blockages.
- the drain was free
- Unattached or uncombined.
- a free radical
- Not currently in use; not taken; unoccupied.
- You can sit on this chair; it's free.
- Without obligations.
- free time
- (software) With no or only freedom-preserving limitations on distribution or modification.
- OpenOffice is free software.
- Without; not containing (what is specified); exempt; clear; liberated.
- We had a wholesome, filling meal, free of meat. I would like to live free from care in the mountains.
- (programming) Of identifiers, not bound.
- (botany, mycology) Not attached; loose.
- In this group of mushrooms, the gills are free.
- (of a morpheme) That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme.
- (software) Intended for release, as opposed to a checked version.
- (dated) Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited.
- a free horse
- (dated) Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; followed by of.
- Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed.
- a free school
- Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; said of a government, institutions, etc.
- This is a free country.
- (law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common.
- a free fishery; a free warren
(comparative more free, superlative most free)
- Without needing to pay.
- I got this bike free.
(third-person singular simple present frees, present participle freeing, simple past and past participle freed)
- (Australian rules football, Gaelic football) Abbreviation of free kick.
- free transfer
- (hurling) The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.
- Rank among most common English words: #351 (Gutenburg)
The verb comes from Old English frēoġan.
- free from; without