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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.


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?
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.freely - in a free manner; "the painting featured freely brushed strokes"


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.


Of one's own free will:
Idioms: of one's own accord, on one's own volition.
بإرادَه حُرَّهبِحُريَّه


[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


[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


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


[ˈfriːlɪ] adv (confess, speak) → liberamente, francamente; (generously) → generosamente
you may come and go freely → puoi andare e venire come vuoi


(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.
References in classic literature ?
Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.
Always when she had thought of the matter, it had seemed to her that in town all must be gaiety and life, that there men and women must live happily and freely, giving and taking friendship and affection as one takes the feel of a wind on the cheek.
They spoke freely of going with Beecher to some ancient city in Honduras, to look for an idol of gold.
It was openly criticised and freely discussed at table.
While the common herd stood aloof, in deference to the quarters of Webb, the figure we have described stalked into the center of the domestics, freely expressing his censures or commendations on the merits of the horses, as by chance they displeased or satisfied his judgment.
Thither, too, thronged the plebeian classes as freely as their betters, and in larger number.
The original papers, together with the scarlet letter itself -- a most curious relic -- are still in my possession, and shall be freely exhibited to whomsoever, induced by the great interest of the narrative, may desire a sight of them I must not be understood affirming that, in the dressing up of the tale, and imagining the motives and modes of passion that influenced the characters who figure in it, I have invariably confined myself within the limits of the old Surveyor's half-a-dozen sheets of foolscap.
In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
As the external difference between them is mainly observable in their heads; and as a head of each is this moment hanging from the Pequod's side; and as we may freely go from one to the other, by merely stepping across the deck: --where, I should like to know, will you obtain a better chance to study practical cetology than here?
Marks of admiration are very little things; but they express my feelings, and I put them in freely.
Such I created all th' Ethereal Powers And Spirits, both them who stood & them who faild; Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell.
In the meantime, and that the shaveling may suspect nothing, permit him to go freely about his task of preparing these Saxon hogs for the slaughter-house.