Free definition

frē
Without charge.
adverb
69
13
To make free, as from confinement or oppression.

Freed the slaves.

verb
42
8
Able to move in any direction; not held, as in chains, etc.; not kept from motion; loose.
adjective
33
6
Not literal; not exact.

A free translation.

adjective
32
6
To remove obstructions or entanglements from; clear.

Free a path through the jungle.

verb
26
2
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Not constrained or stilted; easy and graceful.

A free gait.

adjective
19
1
At liberty; allowed.

Free to leave at any time.

adjective
16
1
Not held or confined by a court, the police, etc.; acquitted.
adjective
15
1
Not held or burdened by obligations, debts, discomforts, etc.; unhindered; unhampered.

Free from pain.

adjective
15
1
To relieve of a burden, obligation, or restraint.

A people who were at last freed from fear.

verb
14
1
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With no charge or cost; gratis.

A free ticket.

adjective
12
0
To make available.

Canceling the program freed up money for the new library.

verb
10
0
Not restricted by anything except its own limitations or nature.

Free will.

adjective
10
0
Not liable to (trade restrictions, etc.); exempt from certain impositions, as taxes or duties.
adjective
10
0
Readily done or made; spontaneous.

A free offer.

adjective
10
2
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Freestyle.
noun
8
1
Not confined to the usual rules or patterns; not limited by convention or tradition.

Free verse.

adjective
8
1
Not in contact or connection; not fastened.

The free end of a rope.

adjective
8
1
Not held or confined by prejudice or bias.
adjective
7
2
Free means to release or let go.

An example of free is to let all of the animals out of a zoo.

verb
5
0
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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.

adjective
4
0
Frank; straightforward.
adjective
4
0
Without cost or payment.
adverb
4
0
In a free manner; without obstruction, burden, obligation, etc.
adverb
4
0

He was given free rein to do whatever he wanted.

adjective
4
0
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Unattached or uncombined.

A free radical.

adjective
4
0
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.

adjective
4
0
(law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common.

A free fishery; a free warren.

adjective
4
0
Not busy or not in use; available for other work, use, etc.
adjective
4
1
Too frank or familiar in speech, action, etc.; forward.
adjective
4
1
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Clear of obstructions; open and unimpeded.

A free road ahead.

adjective
4
1
Open to all; esp., without restrictions as to trade.

A free market, free port.

adjective
4
1
(games) Additional; extra.

A free turn.

adjective
4
1
(naut.) With a favorable wind.
adverb
4
1
(dated) Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; followed by of.
adjective
4
1
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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.

adverb
3
0
Given, made, or done of one's own accord; voluntary or spontaneous.

A free act of the will; free choices.

adjective
3
0
Not united; not combined.

Free oxygen.

adjective
3
0
(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.

adjective
3
0
To make free.
  • To release from bondage or arbitrary power, authority, obligation, etc.
  • To clear of obstruction, entanglement, etc.; disengage.
verb
3
0
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Free of or from, exempt from, without.

Tax-free income.

affix
3
0

A free man.

adjective
3
0
(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!

adjective
3
0
Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; frank; communicative.
adjective
3
0
(mathematics) Unconstrained by relators.

The free group on three generators.

adjective
3
0
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(mathematics, logic) Unconstrained by quantifiers.

Z is the free variable in "".

adjective
3
0
Unobstructed, without blockages.

The drain was free.

adjective
3
0
Not currently in use; not taken; unoccupied.

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

adjective
3
0
Without obligations.

Free time.

adjective
3
0
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.

adjective
3
0
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(programming) Of identifiers, not bound.
adjective
3
0
(botany, mycology) Not attached; loose.

In this group of mushrooms, the gills are free.

adjective
3
0
(of a morpheme) That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme.
adjective
3
0
(software) Intended for release, as opposed to a checked version.
adjective
3
0
(dated) Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited.

A free horse.

adjective
3
0
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.

adjective
3
0
Without needing to pay.

I got this bike free.

adverb
3
0
Free transfer.
noun
3
0
(hurling) The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.
noun
3
0
Free from; without.
suffix
3
0
In a free manner; without restraint.
adverb
3
1
(software) With no or only freedom-preserving limitations on distribution or modification.

OpenOffice is free software.

adjective
3
1
Not imprisoned or confined.

Walked out of prison a free man; set the birds free.

adjective
2
0
Not controlled by another country or political power; independent.

A free nation.

adjective
2
0
To make free; set at liberty; release; rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, or oppresses.
verb
2
1
(Australian rules football, Gaelic football) Abbreviation of free kick.
noun
2
1
(nautical) Favorable.

A free wind.

adjective
1
0
Not bound, fastened, or attached.

The free end of a chain.

adjective
1
0
Not controlled by obligation or the will of another.

Felt free to go.

adjective
1
0
Governed by consent and possessing or granting civil liberties.

A free citizenry.

adjective
1
0
Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government.

A free press.

adjective
1
0
Not enslaved.
adjective
1
0
Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance.

A healthy animal, free of disease; people free from need.

adjective
1
0
Not subject to a given condition; exempt.

Income that is free of all taxes.

adjective
1
0
Not bound by convention or the rules of form.

A free artistic style.

adjective
1
0
Costing nothing; gratuitous.

A free meal.

adjective
1
0
Publicly supported.

Free education.

adjective
1
0
Unobstructed; clear.

A free lane on the highway.

adjective
1
0
Not occupied or used.

A free locker; free energy.

adjective
1
0
Not taken up by scheduled activities.

Free time between classes.

adjective
1
0
Frank or unguarded in expression or manner; open or outspoken.

She is very free with her opinions.

adjective
1
0
Unconstrained; unconfined.

Free expansion.

adjective
1
0
Not fixed in position; capable of relatively unrestricted motion.

A free electron.

adjective
1
0
Not chemically bound in a molecule.

Free oxygen.

adjective
1
0
Involving no collisions or interactions.

A free path.

adjective
1
0
Empty or unoccupied.

A free space; an atom with a free energy level.

adjective
1
0
Being a form, especially a morpheme, that can stand as an independent word, such as boat or bring.
adjective
1
0
Being a vowel in an open syllable, as the o in go.
adjective
1
0
(jazz) Designating or of improvisation unrestricted by set harmonic structure, rhythmic patterns, tempo, etc.
adjective
1
0
(navigation) Not opposed; favorable.
adjective
1
0
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.
adjective
1
0
Characterized by or resulting from liberty.
adjective
1
0
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.

adjective
1
0
Not under control of a foreign government.
adjective
1
0
Generous; liberal; lavish.

A free spender.

adjective
1
0
Profuse; copious.
adjective
1
0
Generous; liberal.

He's very free with his money.

adjective
1
0
Not literal or exact.

A free translation.

adjective
0
0
Immoderate in giving or spending; liberal or lavish.

Tourists who are free with their money.

adjective
0
1
(informal) for free
  • Without charge.
idiom
2
0
for free
  • without cost or payments; gratis
idiom
1
0
free and easy
  • not constrained by formality or conventionality; informal; unceremonious
idiom
2
0
free from
  • lacking; without
  • released or removed from
  • beyond; outside of
idiom
2
0
free up
  • to release, or make available, for use
    To free up funds.
idiom
2
0
give (or have) a free hand
  • to give (or have) liberty to act according to one's judgment
idiom
2
0
make free with
  • to use or treat as if one owned; use freely
  • to take liberties with
idiom
2
0
set free
  • to cause to be free; release; liberate
idiom
2
0
with a free hand
  • with generosity; lavishly
idiom
2
0

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
free
Plural:
frees

Adjective

Base Form:
free
Comparative:
freer 1
Superlative:
freest

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