freeload


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free·load

 (frē′lōd′)
intr.v. free·load·ed, free·load·ing, free·loads Slang
To take advantage of the charity, generosity, or hospitality of others.

free′load′er n.

freeload

(ˈfriːˌləʊd)
vb
(intr) slang to act as a freeloader; sponge

free•load

(ˈfriˈloʊd, -ˌloʊd)
Informal. v.i.
1. to take advantage of the generosity of others without offering to help financially.
v.t.
2. to get by freeloading: to freeload meals.
[1950–55, Amer.; back formation from freeloader]
free′load`er, n.

freeload


Past participle: freeloaded
Gerund: freeloading

Imperative
freeload
freeload
Present
I freeload
you freeload
he/she/it freeloads
we freeload
you freeload
they freeload
Preterite
I freeloaded
you freeloaded
he/she/it freeloaded
we freeloaded
you freeloaded
they freeloaded
Present Continuous
I am freeloading
you are freeloading
he/she/it is freeloading
we are freeloading
you are freeloading
they are freeloading
Present Perfect
I have freeloaded
you have freeloaded
he/she/it has freeloaded
we have freeloaded
you have freeloaded
they have freeloaded
Past Continuous
I was freeloading
you were freeloading
he/she/it was freeloading
we were freeloading
you were freeloading
they were freeloading
Past Perfect
I had freeloaded
you had freeloaded
he/she/it had freeloaded
we had freeloaded
you had freeloaded
they had freeloaded
Future
I will freeload
you will freeload
he/she/it will freeload
we will freeload
you will freeload
they will freeload
Future Perfect
I will have freeloaded
you will have freeloaded
he/she/it will have freeloaded
we will have freeloaded
you will have freeloaded
they will have freeloaded
Future Continuous
I will be freeloading
you will be freeloading
he/she/it will be freeloading
we will be freeloading
you will be freeloading
they will be freeloading
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been freeloading
you have been freeloading
he/she/it has been freeloading
we have been freeloading
you have been freeloading
they have been freeloading
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been freeloading
you will have been freeloading
he/she/it will have been freeloading
we will have been freeloading
you will have been freeloading
they will have been freeloading
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been freeloading
you had been freeloading
he/she/it had been freeloading
we had been freeloading
you had been freeloading
they had been freeloading
Conditional
I would freeload
you would freeload
he/she/it would freeload
we would freeload
you would freeload
they would freeload
Past Conditional
I would have freeloaded
you would have freeloaded
he/she/it would have freeloaded
we would have freeloaded
you would have freeloaded
they would have freeloaded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.freeload - live off somebody's generosity; "This young man refuses to work and is freeloading"
bum, cadge, grub, mooch, sponge - ask for and get free; be a parasite

freeload

verb
Slang. To take advantage of the generosity of others:
Informal: sponge.
Translations

freeload

[ˈfriːləʊd] VIgorronear (off de)
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What kind of idiots do we have in this country, that think it is OK for people from all over the world, to come to this country and freeload off our NHS?
Maybe they can invite me to the wedding and I'll freeload off them for a free meal.
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The committee's December hearing included testimony from Tom Doran, a former publishing executive and co-founder of Freeload Press, which provides free electronic textbooks to students.
But again, I want to make clear while it is entirely ethical to exploit an opportunity if you live in the country, it is not ethical to freeload off your neighbors.
Racecourse manager Paul Robinson estimated that the crowd was around 11,000, one of the biggest in the course's history, although, with no admission price charged, many must have seen this as the best-value freeload of the festive season.
William Meyers III, solicitor of the department, previously served as the executive director of the Public Lands Council, an arm of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, which supports the right of cattle ranchers to freeload off the federal government by grazing on public lands without paying market rates for it.
Another argued that Kasyanov's statements were no more than "lip service", and added in a reference to the price rises triggered by OPEC cuts that "it makes sense for Russia to freeload for as long as it can".
However, given that the taxpayer is already subsidising education (either directly or through subsidising student education), surely it is time for the Government to insist that employers finally share the risk, ownership and responsibility for education/training, rather than freeload off the system.