[ US /ˈfɹi/ ]
[ UK /fɹˈiː/ ]
  1. not held in servitude
    after the Civil War he was a free man
  2. not limited or hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
    a free choice
    free will
    feel free to stay as long as you wish
    free of racism
    I have an hour free
    a free country
    free enterprise
    a free port
  3. costing nothing
    complimentary tickets
    free admission
  4. not fixed in position
    the detached shutter fell on him
    he pulled his arm free and ran
  5. not literal
    a loose interpretation of what she had been told
    a free translation of the poem
  6. completely wanting or lacking
    the sentence was devoid of meaning
    writing barren of insight
    innocent of literary merit
    young recruits destitute of experience
  7. not taken up by scheduled activities
    spare time on my hands
    a free hour between classes
  8. not occupied or in use
    a free locker
    a free lane
  9. unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion
    a free electron
    free expansion
    free oxygen
  1. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
    She exempted me from the exam
  2. grant freedom to; free from confinement
  3. make (information) available for publication
    release the list with the names of the prisoners
  4. remove or force out from a position
    The dentist dislodged the piece of food that had been stuck under my gums
    He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble
  5. make (assets) available
    release the holdings in the dictator's bank account
  6. let off the hook
    I absolve you from this responsibility
  7. release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
  8. relieve from
    Rid the house of pests
  9. part with a possession or right
    resign a claim to the throne
    I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
  10. free from obligations or duties
  11. free or remove obstruction from
    free a path across the cluttered floor
  1. without restraint
    cows in India are running loose
  1. people who are free
    the home of the free and the brave
    the home of the free and the brave
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How To Use free In A Sentence

  • There were 42 free-kicks, two penalties, four bookings and three players sent off, two of whom had to be escorted from the pitch by police.
  • The old ceiling and bar brought back many memories of happy carefree days of yore to those present.
  • I'd live the transient and ephemeral existence of a backpacker for a week, an existence of freedom and simple pleasures.
  • My poor Lirriper was a handsome figure of a man, with a beaming eye and a voice as mellow as a musical instrument made of honey and steel, but he had ever been a free liver being in the commercial travelling line and travelling what he called a limekiln road — “a dry road, Emma my dear,” my poor Lirriper says to me, “where I have to lay the dust with one drink or another all day long and half the night, and it wears me Emma” — and this led to his running through a good deal and might have run through the turnpike too when that dreadful horse that never would stand still for a single instant set off, but for its being night and the gate shut and consequently took his wheel, my poor Lirriper and the gig smashed to atoms and never spoke afterwards. Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings
  • We're going to work freehand as well as with a few stencils - we might try the idea in the book of using chalk dust, or we may just use the chalks as-is.
  • A lot of people already have two alcohol-free days a week but still drink more than is safe. The Sun
  • Such a level of monitoring is not only impracticable; it is incompatible with intellectual freedom.
  • Chile's top constitutional court blocked a government bid to promote the free distribution of the morning-after pill to minors aged 14 and over, dealing a new setback to President Michelle Bachelet.
  • Though serfs were freed in 1864, they remained poor sharecroppers and staged a massive peasant uprising in 1907.
  • In each case the company's contributions are deductible for tax, and income on the investments is free of tax. Principles of Corporate Finance
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