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adj. fre·er, fre·est
a. Not imprisoned or confined: walked out of prison a free man; set the birds free.
b. Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: felt free to go.
a. Not controlled by another country or political power; independent: a free nation.
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.
d. Not enslaved.
a. Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance: a healthy animal, free of disease; people free from need.
b. Not subject to a given condition; exempt: income that is free of all taxes.
a. Not bound by convention or the rules of form: a free artistic style.
b. Not literal or exact: a free translation.
a. Costing nothing; gratuitous: a free meal.
b. Publicly supported: free education.
a. Unobstructed; clear: a free lane on the highway.
b. Not occupied or used: a free locker; free energy.
c. Not taken up by scheduled activities: free time between classes.
a. Immoderate in giving or spending; liberal or lavish: tourists who are free with their money.
b. Frank or unguarded in expression or manner; open or outspoken: She is very free with her opinions.
8. Given, made, or done of one's own accord; voluntary or spontaneous: a free act of the will; free choices.
9. 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 or unoccupied: a free space; an atom with a free energy level.
10. Nautical Favorable: a free wind.
11. Not bound, fastened, or attached: the free end of a chain.
12. 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 make free, as from confinement or oppression: freed the slaves.
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.
4. To make available: Canceling the program freed up money for the new library.
n. Sports
for free Informal
Without charge.

[Middle English fre, from Old English frēo. V., from Middle English freen, from Old English frēon, to love, set free; see prī- in Indo-European roots.]

free′ly adv.
free′ness n.
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1. no controls

You use free as an adjective to describe activities that are not controlled or limited.

We believe in free speech.
The elections were free and fair.

Don't use 'free' as an adverb with this meaning. Use freely.

We are all friends here and I can talk freely.
2. no payment

If something is free, you can have it or use it without paying for it.

The coffee was free.
Many children are entitled to free school meals.

The adverb you use with this meaning is free, not 'freely'. For example, you say 'Pensioners can travel free on the buses'. Don't say 'Pensioners can travel freely on the buses'.

Children can get into the museum free.
3. releasing

If something is cut or pulled free, it is cut or pulled so that it is no longer attached to something or no longer trapped. Don't say that something is cut or pulled 'freely'.

She tugged to get it free.
I shook my jacket free and hurried off.
4. availability

If you are free at a particular time, you are not busy. Free time is time when you are not busy.

They spend most of their free time reading.
Are you free on Tuesday?
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Adv.1.freely - in a free manner; "the painting featured freely brushed strokes"
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1. abundantly, liberally, lavishly, like water, extravagantly, copiously, unstintingly, with a free hand, bountifully, open-handedly, amply He was spending very freely.
2. openly, frankly, plainly, candidly, unreservedly, straightforwardly, without reserve He had someone to whom he could talk freely.
3. willingly, readily, voluntarily, spontaneously, without prompting, of your own free will, of your own accord He freely admits he lives for racing.
4. easily, cleanly, loosely, smoothly, readily You must allow the clubhead to swing freely.
5. without restraint, voluntarily, willingly, unchallenged, as you please, without being forced, without let or hindrance They cast their votes freely.
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Of one's own free will:
Idioms: of one's own accord, on one's own volition.
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[ˈfriːlɪ] ADV
1. (= unrestrictedly) → libremente, con libertad
they cannot move freely about the countryno pueden viajar libremente or con libertad por el país
you may come and go freelypuedes ir y venir libremente or con toda libertad
you use that word a little too freelyusas esa palabra con demasiada libertad
the hens are allowed to roam freelylas gallinas pueden deambular sueltas or en libertad
to be freely availableser fácil de conseguir, conseguirse con facilidad
2. (= openly) [speak] → con toda libertad, francamente
3. (= willingly) → de buen grado
the contract was freely entered intoel contrato se firmó de buen grado
I freely admit I was wrongsoy el primero en admitir que estaba equivocado
4. (= generously) [give] → generosamente, con liberalidad; [flow] → copiosamente
he spent his money freelygastaba el dinero con liberalidad or a manos llenas
the wine flowed freelyel vino fluía copiosamente
5. (= loosely) [translate] → libremente
he has freely adapted the originalha hecho una adaptación libre del original
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[ˈfriːli] adv
(= without restriction) [move, flow, swing] → librement
(= without reservation) [talk, admit] → franchement
(= liberally) → libéralement
to spend freely → dépenser libéralement
to be freely available → être en vente libre
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


spend, give, lend, share (= liberally)großzügig; (= willingly)bereitwillig; referdes Öfteren; perspirestark; he was spending very freelyer gab das Geld mit vollen Händen aus; to use something freelyreichlich von etw Gebrauch machen; I freely admit that …ich gebe gern zu, dass …
(= unrestrictedly) move, operatefrei, ungehindert; talk, speak, express oneselffrei, offen; elected, contestedin freien Wahlen; flow, travelungehindert; to be freely availableohne Schwierigkeiten zu haben sein; the wine was flowing freelyder Wein floss in Strömen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈfriːlɪ] adv (confess, speak) → liberamente, francamente; (generously) → generosamente
you may come and go freely → puoi andare e venire come vuoi
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(friː) adjective
1. allowed to move where one wants; not shut in, tied, fastened etc. The prison door opened, and he was a free man.
2. not forced or persuaded to act, think, speak etc in a particular way. free speech; You are free to think what you like.
3. (with with) generous. He is always free with his money/advice.
4. frank, open and ready to speak. a free manner.
5. costing nothing. a free gift.
6. not working or having another appointment; not busy. I shall be free at five o'clock.
7. not occupied, not in use. Is this table free?
8. (with of or from) without or no longer having (especially something or someone unpleasant etc). She is free from pain now; free of charge.
verbpast tense, past participle freed
1. to make or set (someone) free. He freed all the prisoners.
2. (with from or of) to rid or relieve (someone) of something. She was able to free herself from her debts by working at an additional job.
ˈfreedom noun
the state of not being under control and being able to do whatever one wishes. The prisoner was given his freedom.
ˈfreely adverb
1. in a free manner. to give freely to charity; to speak freely.
2. willingly; readily. I freely admit it was my fault.
Freefone® noun
(also freephone ; American toll-free number) a telephone number of a business or an organization that can be used free of charge by their customers etc; the system giving this service.
ˌfree-for-ˈall noun
a contest, debate etc in which anyone can take part.
ˈfreehand adjective, adverb
(of a drawing etc) (done) without any instruments (eg a ruler) to guide the hand.
ˈfreehold adjective
(of land, property etc) belonging completely to the owner, not just for a certain time.
ˈfreelance noun, adjective
(of or done by) a person who is working on his own, not for any one employer. a freelance journalist; freelance work.
to work in this way. He is freelancing now.
Freepost noun
a system in Britain in which a business or an organization pays the cost of the post sent to it.
free ˈskating noun
a free style in ice-skating competitions.
free speech
the right to express an opinion freely. I believe in free speech.
free trade
trade with foreign countries without customs duties, taxes etc.
ˈfreeway noun
a motorway.
ˌfreeˈwheel verb
to travel (downhill) on a bicycle, in a car etc without using mechanical power.
free will
the ability to choose and act freely. He did it of his own free will.
a free hand
freedom to do whatever one likes. He gave her a free hand with the servants.
set free
to make (someone) free. The soldiers set the terrorists' prisoners free.
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References in classic literature ?
Edward Freely, as he called himself, was deceived, if he thought Grimworth money was to flow into his pockets on such terms.
Nothing is more easy than to tame an animal, and few things more difficult than to get it to breed freely under confinement, even in the many cases when the male and female unite.
We, on the contrary, had no end to restrain ourselves; we could draw this air freely into our lungs, and it was the breeze, the breeze alone, that filled us with this keen enjoyment.
'Nor in me,' says Neville Landless, though not so freely; or perhaps so carelessly.
Marks of admiration are very little things; but they express my feelings, and I put them in freely.
Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely. The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare, and said: "I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come you with me and I will show you how to live.
17-19) Hail, Mother of the gods, wife of starry Heaven; freely bestow upon me for this my song substance that cheers the heart!
The list of assignments and questions at the end is intended, of course, to be freely treated.
And if the idea of peril so much enhances the popular conceit of the soldier's profession; let me assure ye that many a veteran who has freely marched up to a battery, would quickly recoil at the apparition of the sperm whale's vast tail, fanning into eddies the air over his head.
When two or three pipes had circulated freely, the company gradually broke up.
He had been lucky in his profession; but spending freely, what had come freely, had realized nothing.
He will be absent, however, for three months, and mother and I shall breathe more freely; the situation will be less intense.