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free  (fr)
adj. fre·er, fre·est
1. Not imprisoned or enslaved; being at liberty.
2. 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.
5. Not subject to external restraint: Comment is free but facts are sacred (Charles Prestwich Scott).
6. 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.
9. Unobstructed; clear: a free lane.
10. Unguarded in expression or manner; open; frank.
11. Taking undue liberties; forward or overfamiliar.
12. Liberal or lavish: tourists who are free with their money.
13. Given, made, or done of ones own accord; voluntary or spontaneous: a free act of the will; free choices.
14. 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.
15. Nautical Favorable: a free wind.
16. Not bound, fastened, or attached: the free end of a chain.
17. 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.
1. In a free manner; without restraint.
2. Without charge.
tr.v. freed, free·ing, frees
1. To set at liberty; make free: freed the slaves; free the imagination.
2. To relieve of a burden, obligation, or restraint: a people who were at last freed from fear.
3. To remove obstructions or entanglements from; clear: free a path through the jungle.
for free Informal
Without charge.

[Middle English fre, from Old English fro. V., from Middle English freen, from Old English fron, to love, set free; see pr- in Indo-European roots.]

freely adv.
freeness n.

free  /fri/  adj. freer, freest 1 not under the control of another person or institution: After twenty years in prison, he was a free man. 2 without political, religious, or economic restrictions: We live in a free country. 3 completely without: The property is free of any debt.||The river is not yet free of pollution. 4 without payment: Admission to the concert is free. 5 not in use, available: The telephone (hotel room, bathroom, etc.) is free now. 6 not busy: Are you free to talk now, or should I come back later? 7 generous: She is free with help and advice for those who need it. 8 giving or spending (too) easily, careless: She is free with her money when she has it. 9 free and clear: without financial obligations, such as debt: The property is free and clear for you to buy. 10 free and easy: relaxed, without worries: Your father is feeling free and easy today, so you can ask him for money. 11 free hand: complete control over s.t.: The couple gave the architect a free hand in designing their new house. 12 to have free rein: to have the power to take any action one wishes: The owner has given her free rein to reorganize the company.
v. [T] freed, freeing, frees 1 to let go, release from s.t. unpleasant, liberate: The jailer freed the prisoner.||Winning the lottery freed him of financial worries forever. 2 to clear away, remove an obstacle: The workers freed the road of the fallen trees. 3 to free s.o.s mind: The mother learned that her lost son was safe, and that freed her mind of fear. 4 phrasal v. sep. to free s.o. or s.t. up: to make available: The state government freed up funds to build housing for the poor.||It freed them up.
adv. 1 moving around without restrictions: The children can run free in the park. 2 for free: without payment: You can visit the museum for free on Tuesdays. 3 to set free: to let go, release, (syn.) to liberate: The judge set the prisoner free.||We opened the cage and set the bird free. -adv. freely.

Thesaurus: free adj. 1 liberated 2 democratic, independent, self-governing 3 devoid of.Ant. full of. 4 complimentary, free of charge, on the house infrml. 5 empty, unoccupied,vacant. Ants. occupied, taken. 6 available 7 liberal, bighearted. Ant. stingy.
v. 1 to turn loose, discharge 2 to unblock. free

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