- 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.
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- 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; indecorous
- 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
- not opposed; favorable: said of a wind blowing from a direction more than six points from straight ahead
- 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
Origin: Middle English fre ; from Old English freo, not inch(es) 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
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adjective fre·er, fre·est
- Not imprisoned or enslaved; being at liberty.
- Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: felt free to go.
- a. Having political independence: “America . . . is the freest and wealthiest nation in the world” (Rudolph W. Giuliani).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.
- a. Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance: a healthy animal, free of disease; free from need.b. Not subject to a given condition; exempt: income that is free of all taxes.
- Not subject to external restraint: “Comment is free but facts are sacred” (Charles Prestwich Scott).
- Not literal or exact: a free translation.
- a. Costing nothing; gratuitous: a free meal.b. Publicly supported: free education.
- a. Not occupied or used: a free locker.b. Not taken up by scheduled activities: free time between classes.
- Unobstructed; clear: a free lane.
- Unguarded in expression or manner; open; frank.
- Taking undue liberties; forward or overfamiliar.
- Liberal or lavish: tourists who are free with their money.
- 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: a free space.f. Unoccupied: 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.
- To set at liberty; make free: freed the slaves; free the imagination.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English fre, from Old English frēo. V., from Middle English freen, from Old English frēon, to love, set free; see prī- in Indo-European roots.
- freeˈly adverb
- freeˈness noun
free - Phrases/Idioms
free and easy
free fromor free of
- 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
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