UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfriː/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/fri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(frē)

Inflections of 'free' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
free /fri/USA pronunciation   adj.,  fre•er, fre•est, adv., v.,  freed, free•ing. 
  1. Governmentenjoying personal rights or liberty:free from bondage.
  2. Governmentexisting under, characterized by, or having civil and political liberties:the free nations of the world.
  3. exempt from outside authority, interference, or restriction;
    independent:You have a free choice.
  4. able to do something at will or as one wishes:[be + ~ + to + verb]They were free to go at any time.
  5. clear of obstructions or obstacles;
    not blocked:a free flow of water.
  6. without engagements or obligations:have free time after class.
  7. not occupied or in use:The room is free now.
  8. exempt or released;
    unburdened:She seems so free from worry.
  9. provided without a charge:free parking.
  10. loose;
    unattached:Tie the free end of the rope to the dock.
  11. lacking self-restraint;
    loose:He was a little too free and easy toward women.
  12. ready or generous in giving;
    not holding back:free spending.
  13. not literal;
    not exact;
    loose:a free translation of the speech.

  1. in a free manner;
  2. loose;
    no longer restrained or held back:The button came free and fell off.

  1. to set at liberty:[+ object]The enemy freed the hostages.
  2. to exempt or deliver:[+ object + from + object]hoped his new invention would free his people from hunger.
  3. to relieve or rid :[+ object + of + object]to free oneself of responsibility.
  4. to disengage;
    clear: [+ object]If you hold these packages I can free my arm and open the door.[+ object + from + object]freed the trapped victims from the wreckage.
  5. free up: 
    • [ + up + obj] to release, as from restrictions:Can you free up some time to meet with us?
    • to disentangle: [ + up + obj]:to free up this stuck valve.[ + obj + up]:to free it up.
  1. Idiomsfor free, without charge:They mended my jacket for free.
  2. free and clear, without any debt or restriction:paid off the mortgage free and clear.
  3. Idiomsset free, to release;
    liberate: [set + object + ~]set the hostages free.[set + ~ + object]to set free the hostages.
  4. Idiomswith a free hand, generously:donated money with a free hand.

    free is an adjective and a verb, freely is an adverb, freedom is a noun:Are you free tomorrow evening? He worked hard to free the slaves from captivity. You may speak freely; you're among friends. We need some freedom of choice.

-free, suffix. 
  1. -free is attached to nouns to form adjectives with the meaning "not containing (the noun mentioned);
    without'':sugar + -free → sugar-free (= not containing sugar);trouble + -free → trouble-free (= without trouble).

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
free  (frē),USA pronunciation adj.,  fre•er, fre•est, adv., v.,  freed, free•ing. 
  1. Governmentenjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery:a land of free people.
  2. Governmentpertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty:They were thankful to be living on free soil.
  3. Governmentexisting under, characterized by, or possessing civil and political liberties that are, as a rule, constitutionally guaranteed by representative government:the free nations of the world.
  4. Governmentenjoying political autonomy, as a people or country not under foreign rule;
  5. exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one's will, thought, choice, action, etc.;
  6. able to do something at will;
    at liberty:free to choose.
  7. clear of obstructions or obstacles, as a road or corridor:The highway is now free of fallen rock.
  8. not occupied or in use:I'll try to phone her again if the line is free.
  9. exempt or released from something specified that controls, restrains, burdens, etc. (usually fol. by from or of ):free from worry; free of taxes.
  10. having immunity or being safe (usually fol. by from):free from danger.
  11. provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment:free parking; a free sample.
  12. given without consideration of a return or reward:a free offer of legal advice.
  13. unimpeded, as motion or movement;
    easy, firm, or swift.
  14. not held fast;
    unattached:to get one's arm free.
  15. not joined to or in contact with something else:The free end of the cantilever sagged.
  16. acting without self-restraint or reserve:to be too free with one's tongue.
  17. ready or generous in giving;
    lavish:to be free with one's advice.
  18. given readily or in profusion;
  19. frank and open;
    unconstrained, unceremonious, or familiar.
  20. unrestrained by decency;
    loose or licentious:free behavior.
  21. not subject to special regulations, restrictions, duties, etc.:The ship was given free passage.
  22. of, pertaining to, or characterized by free enterprise:a free economy.
  23. that may be used by or is open to all:a free market.
  24. engaged in by all present;
    general:a free fight.
  25. not literal, as a translation, adaptation, or the like;
  26. uncombined chemically:free oxygen.
  27. traveling without power;
    under no force except that of gravity or inertia:free flight.
  28. Phonetics(of a vowel) situated in an open syllable (opposed to checked).
  29. at liberty to enter and enjoy at will (usually fol. by of ):to be free of a friend's house.
  30. not subject to rules, set forms, etc.:The young students had an hour of free play between classes.
  31. easily worked, as stone, land, etc.
  32. Mathematics(of a vector) having specified magnitude and direction but no specified initial point. Cf. bound1 (def. 9).
  33. Nautical, Naval TermsAlso,  large. (of a wind) nearly on the quarter, so that a sailing vessel may sail free.
  34. not containing a specified substance (often used in combination):a sugar-free soft drink.
  35. Oceanography, Linguistics(of a linguistic form) occurring as an independent construction, without necessary combination with other forms, as most words. Cf. bound1 (def. 11).
  36. for free, [Informal.]without charge:The tailor mended my jacket for free.
  37. free and clear, [Law.]without any encumbrance, as a lien or mortgage:They owned their house free and clear.
  38. free and easy: 
    • Idiomsunrestrained;
    • Idiomsexcessively or inappropriately casual;
  39. Idiomsset free, to release;
    free:The prisoners were set free.
  40. Idiomswith a free hand, generously;
    openhandedly:He entertains visitors with a free hand.
  41. without cost, payment, or charge.

  1. in a free manner;
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsaway from the wind, so that a sailing vessel need not be close-hauled:running free.
  3. Idiomsmake free with: 
    • to use as one's own;
      help oneself to:If you make free with their liquor, you won't be invited again.
    • to treat with too much familiarity;
      take liberties with.

  1. to make free;
    set at liberty;
    release from bondage, imprisonment, or restraint.
  2. to exempt or deliver (usually fol. by from).
  3. to relieve or rid (usually fol. by of ):to free oneself of responsibility.
  4. to disengage;
    clear (usually fol. by from or of ).
  5. free up: 
    • to release, as from restrictions:Congress voted to free up funds for the new highway system.
    • to disentangle:It took an hour to free up the traffic jam.
freeness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English fre, Old English frēo; cognate with Gothic freis, Old High German frī (German frei), Dutch vrij, Sanskrit priyá- dear. Cf. friend, Friday
    • 44.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  release. 

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free /friː/ adj (freer, freest)
  1. able to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint
  2. having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined
  3. (as noun): land of the free
  4. (often postpositive) and followed by from: not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc); exempt: a free market, free from pain
  5. (of a country, etc) autonomous or independent
  6. exempt from external direction or restriction; not forced or induced: free will
  7. not subject to conventional constraints: free verse
  8. (of jazz) totally improvised, with no preset melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic basis
  9. not exact or literal: a free translation
  10. costing nothing; provided without charge: free entertainment
  11. (of property) not subject to payment of rent or performance of services; freehold
  12. not subject to any burden or charge, such as a mortgage or lien; unencumbered
  13. (postpositive; often followed by of or with) ready or generous in using or giving; liberal; lavish: free with advice
  14. not occupied or in use; available: a free cubicle
  15. not occupied or busy; without previous engagements
  16. open or available to all; public
  17. without charge to the subscriber or user: freepost, freephone
  18. not fixed or joined; loose: the free end of a chain
  19. without obstruction or impediment: free passage
  20. chemically uncombined: free nitrogen
  21. denoting an occurrence of a variable not bound by a quantifier
    Compare bound1
  22. for freenot standard without charge or cost
  23. free and easycasual or tolerant; easy-going
  24. make free withto take liberties with; behave too familiarly towards
  1. in a free manner; freely
  2. without charge or cost
  3. with the wind blowing from the quarter
vb (frees, freeing, freed)(transitive)
  1. (sometimes followed by up) to set at liberty; release
  2. to remove obstructions, attachments, or impediments from; disengage
  3. often followed by of or from: to relieve or rid (of obstacles, pain, etc)
Etymology: Old English frēo; related to Old Saxon, Old High German frī, Gothic freis free, Sanskrit priya dear

ˈfreely adv ˈfreeness n
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-free adj combining form
  1. free from: trouble-free, lead-free petrol
'free' also found in these entries:
Collocations: free the [prisoners, cattle], a free [drink, program, newspaper, copy, subscription, service], freed from [prison, jail, the slaughterhouse], more...

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