Free meaning

frē
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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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.

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Without charge.
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Given, made, or done of one's own accord; voluntary or spontaneous.

A free act of the will; free choices.

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Able to move in any direction; not held, as in chains, etc.; not kept from motion; loose.
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To remove obstructions or entanglements from; clear.

Free a path through the jungle.

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Not bound, fastened, or attached.

The free end of a chain.

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To make free, as from confinement or oppression.

Freed the slaves.

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To relieve of a burden, obligation, or restraint.

A people who were at last freed from fear.

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Not restricted by anything except its own limitations or nature.

Free will.

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Free is defined as without charge.

An example of free is being able to ride a roller coaster at an amusement park without paying.

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Favorable.

A free wind.

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To make available.

Canceling the program freed up money for the new library.

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Freestyle.
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Not held or confined by a court, the police, etc.; acquitted.
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Not held or burdened by obligations, debts, discomforts, etc.; unhindered; unhampered.

Free from pain.

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At liberty; allowed.

Free to leave at any time.

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Not confined to the usual rules or patterns; not limited by convention or tradition.

Free verse.

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Not literal; not exact.

A free translation.

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Not held or confined by prejudice or bias.
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Not busy or not in use; available for other work, use, etc.
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Readily done or made; spontaneous.

A free offer.

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Not constrained or stilted; easy and graceful.

A free gait.

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Frank; straightforward.
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Too frank or familiar in speech, action, etc.; forward.
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With no charge or cost; gratis.

A free ticket.

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Not liable to (trade restrictions, etc.); exempt from certain impositions, as taxes or duties.
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Clear of obstructions; open and unimpeded.

A free road ahead.

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Open to all; esp., without restrictions as to trade.

A free market, free port.

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Not in contact or connection; not fastened.

The free end of a rope.

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Not united; not combined.

Free oxygen.

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Additional; extra.

A free turn.

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Designating or of improvisation unrestricted by set harmonic structure, rhythmic patterns, tempo, etc.
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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.

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Not opposed; favorable.
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Without cost or payment.
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In a free manner; without obstruction, burden, obligation, etc.
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With a favorable wind.
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To make free.
  • To release from bondage or arbitrary power, authority, obligation, etc.
  • To clear of obstruction, entanglement, etc.; disengage.
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Free of or from, exempt from, without.

Tax-free income.

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A free man.

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(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!

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He was given free rein to do whatever he wanted.

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Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; frank; communicative.
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Generous; liberal.

He's very free with his money.

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(mathematics) Unconstrained by relators.

The free group on three generators.

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(mathematics, logic) Unconstrained by quantifiers.

Z is the free variable in "".

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Unobstructed, without blockages.

The drain was free.

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Unattached or uncombined.

A free radical.

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Not currently in use; not taken; unoccupied.

You can sit on this chair; it's free.

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Without obligations.

Free time.

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(software) With no or only freedom-preserving limitations on distribution or modification.

OpenOffice is free software.

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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.

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(programming) Of identifiers, not bound.
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(botany, mycology) Not attached; loose.

In this group of mushrooms, the gills are free.

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(of a morpheme) That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme.
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(software) Intended for release, as opposed to a checked version.
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(dated) Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited.

A free horse.

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(dated) Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; followed by of.
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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.

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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.

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(law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common.

A free fishery; a free warren.

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Without needing to pay.

I got this bike free.

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To make free; set at liberty; release; rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, or oppresses.
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(Australian rules football, Gaelic football) Abbreviation of free kick.
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Free transfer.
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(hurling) The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.
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Free from; without.
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In a free manner; without restraint.
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for free
  • Without charge.
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for free
  • Without cost or payments; gratis.
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free and easy
  • Not constrained by formality or conventionality; informal; unceremonious.
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free from
  • Lacking; without.
  • Released or removed from.
  • Beyond; outside of.
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free up
  • To release, or make available, for use.
    To free up funds.
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give (or have) a free hand
  • To give (or have) liberty to act according to one's judgment.
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make free with
  • To use or treat as if one owned; use freely.
  • To take liberties with.
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set free
  • To cause to be free; release; liberate.
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with a free hand
  • With generosity; lavishly.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

free from
give (<i>or</i> have) a free hand
with a free hand

Origin of free

  • Middle English fre from Old English frēo V., from Middle English freen from Old English frēon to love, set free prī- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English fre, from Old English frēo, Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *prei- (“to be fond of”), *prey-. Compare West Frisian frij, Dutch vrij, German frei, Danish fri.

    From Wiktionary

  • The verb comes from Old English frēoġan.

    From Wiktionary

  • From free.

    From Wiktionary