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Inflections of ' ' ( free ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) frees v 3rd person singular freeing v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." freed v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." freed v past p verb, 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. adj.
Governmentenjoying personal rights or liberty: free from bondage.
Governmentexisting under, characterized by, or having civil and political liberties: the free nations of the world.
exempt from outside authority, interference, or restriction; independent: You have a free choice.
able to do something at will or as one wishes: They were free to go at any time. [be + ~ + to + verb ]
clear of obstructions or obstacles; not blocked: a free flow of water.
without engagements or obligations: have free time after class.
not occupied or in use: The room is free now.
exempt or released; unburdened: She seems so free from worry.
provided without a charge: free parking.
loose; unattached: Tie the free end of the rope to the dock.
lacking self-restraint; loose: He was a little too free and easy toward women.
ready or generous in giving; not holding back: free spending.
not literal; not exact; loose: a free translation of the speech. adv.
in a free manner; freely.
loose; no longer restrained or held back: The button came free and fell off. v.
to set at liberty: The enemy freed the hostages. [~ + object ]
to exempt or deliver: hoped his new invention would free his people from hunger. [~ + object + from + object ]
to relieve or rid : to free oneself of responsibility. [~ + object + of + object ]
to disengage; clear: If you hold these packages I can free my arm and open the door. [~ + object ] freed the trapped victims from the wreckage. [~ + object + from + object ]
[ ~ + 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. Idioms
Idioms for free, without charge: They mended my jacket for free.
free and clear, without any debt or restriction: paid off the mortgage free and clear.
Idioms set free, to release; liberate: set the hostages free. [set + object + ~ ] to set free the hostages. [set + ~ + object ] Idioms with 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.
-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. adj.
Governmentenjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
Governmentpertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty: They were thankful to be living on free soil.
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.
Governmentenjoying political autonomy, as a people or country not under foreign rule; independent.
exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one's will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted.
able to do something at will; at liberty: free to choose.
clear of obstructions or obstacles, as a road or corridor: The highway is now free of fallen rock.
not occupied or in use: I'll try to phone her again if the line is free.
exempt or released from something specified that controls, restrains, burdens, etc. (usually fol. by from or of ): free from worry; free of taxes.
having immunity or being safe (usually fol. by from): free from danger.
provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment: free parking; a free sample.
given without consideration of a return or reward: a free offer of legal advice.
unimpeded, as motion or movement; easy, firm, or swift.
not held fast; loose; unattached: to get one's arm free.
not joined to or in contact with something else: The free end of the cantilever sagged.
acting without self-restraint or reserve: to be too free with one's tongue.
ready or generous in giving; liberal; lavish: to be free with one's advice.
given readily or in profusion; unstinted.
frank and open; unconstrained, unceremonious, or familiar.
unrestrained by decency; loose or licentious: free behavior.
not subject to special regulations, restrictions, duties, etc.: The ship was given free passage.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by free enterprise: a free economy.
that may be used by or is open to all: a free market.
engaged in by all present; general: a free fight.
not literal, as a translation, adaptation, or the like; loose.
uncombined chemically: free oxygen.
traveling without power; under no force except that of gravity or inertia: free flight.
Phonetics(of a vowel) situated in an open syllable (opposed to checked).
at liberty to enter and enjoy at will (usually fol. by of ): to be free of a friend's house.
not subject to rules, set forms, etc.: The young students had an hour of free play between classes.
easily worked, as stone, land, etc.
Mathematics(of a vector) having specified magnitude and direction but no specified initial point. Cf. bound 1 (def. 9).
Nautical, Naval TermsAlso, large. (of a wind) nearly on the quarter, so that a sailing vessel may sail free.
not containing a specified substance (often used in combination): a sugar-free soft drink.
Oceanography, Linguistics(of a linguistic form) occurring as an independent construction, without necessary combination with other forms, as most words. Cf. bound 1 (def. 11).
for free, without charge: [Informal. ] The tailor mended my jacket for free.
free and clear, without any encumbrance, as a lien or mortgage: [Law. ] They owned their house free and clear.
free and easy:
Idiomsunrestrained; casual; informal. Idiomsexcessively or inappropriately casual; presumptuous.
Idioms set free, to release; liberate; free: The prisoners were set free.
Idioms with a free hand, generously; freely; openhandedly: He entertains visitors with a free hand.
without cost, payment, or charge. adv.
in a free manner; freely.
Nautical, Naval Termsaway from the wind, so that a sailing vessel need not be close-hauled: running free.
Idioms make 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. v.t.
to make free; set at liberty; release from bondage, imprisonment, or restraint.
to exempt or deliver (usually fol. by from).
to relieve or rid (usually fol. by of ): to free oneself of responsibility.
to disengage; clear (usually fol. by from or of ). 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.
free ′ness, 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 See corresponding entry in Unabridged release.
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free / friː/ adj ( ) freer, freest able to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined (: as noun) land of the free ( often postpositive) and followed by from: not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc); exempt: a free market, free from pain (of a country, etc) autonomous or independent exempt from external direction or restriction; not forced or induced: free will not subject to conventional constraints: free verse (of jazz) totally improvised, with no preset melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic basis not exact or literal: a free translation costing nothing; provided without charge: free entertainment ( of property) not subject to payment of rent or performance of services; freehold not subject to any burden or charge, such as a mortgage or lien; unencumbered ( postpositive; ) often followed by of or with ready or generous in using or giving; liberal; lavish: free with advice not occupied or in use; available: a free cubicle not occupied or busy; without previous engagements open or available to all; public without charge to the subscriber or user: freepost, freephone not fixed or joined; loose: the free end of a chain without obstruction or impediment: free passage chemically uncombined: free nitrogen denoting an occurrence of a variable not bound by a quantifier Compare bound 1 for free ⇒ not standard without charge or cost free and easy ⇒ casual or tolerant; easy-going make free with ⇒ to take liberties with; behave too familiarly towards adv in a free manner; freely without charge or cost with the wind blowing from the quarter vb ( )( frees, freeing, freed transitive) ( ) sometimes followed by up to set at liberty; release to remove obstructions, attachments, or impediments from; disengage 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 free from: trouble-free, lead-free petrol
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