WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
free /fri/USA pronunciation  adj.,  fre•er, fre•est,adv., v.,  freed, free•ing.

  1. enjoying personal rights or liberty:free from bondage.
  2. existing under, characterized by, or having civil and political liberties:the free nations of the world.
  3. exempt from outside authority, interference, or restriction; independent:You have a free choice.
  4. [be + ~ + to + verb] able to do something at will or as one wishes:They were free to go at any time.
  5. clear of obstructions or obstacles; not blocked:a free flow of water.
  6. without engagements or obligations:have free time after class.
  7. not occupied or in use:The room is free now.
  8. exempt or released; unburdened:She seems so free from worry.
  9. provided without a charge:free parking.
  10. loose; unattached:Tie the free end of the rope to the dock.
  11. lacking self-restraint;
    loose:He was a little too free and easy toward women.
  12. ready or generous in giving; not holding back:free spending.
  13. not literal;
    not exact;
    loose:a free translation of the speech.

  1. in a free manner; freely.
  2. loose;
    no longer restrained or held back:The button came free and fell off.

  1. [+ object] to set at liberty:The enemy freed the hostages.
  2. [+ object + from + object] to exempt or deliver:hoped his new invention would free his people from hunger.
  3. [+ object + of + object] to relieve or rid :to free oneself of responsibility.
  4. to disengage; clear: [+ object]If you hold these packages I can free my arm and open the door.[+ object + from + object]freed the trapped victims from the wreckage.
  5. free up: 
    • [ + up + obj] to release, as from restrictions:Can you free up some time to meet with us?
    • to disentangle: [ + up + obj]:to free up this stuck valve.[ + obj + up]:to free it up.
  1. for free, without charge:They mended my jacket for free.
  2. free and clear, without any debt or restriction:paid off the mortgage free and clear.
  3. set free, to release; liberate: [set + object + ~]set the hostages free.[set + ~ + object]to set free the hostages.
  4. with a free hand, generously:donated money with a free hand.

free is an adjective and a verb, freely is an adverb, freedom is a noun:Are you free tomorrow evening? He worked hard to free the slaves from captivity. You may speak freely; you're among friends. We need some freedom of choice.
-free, suffix. 

    -free is attached to nouns to form adjectives with the meaning "not containing (the noun mentioned);
    without'':sugar + -free → sugar-free (= not containing sugar); trouble + -free → trouble-free (= without trouble).

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free /friː/ adj (freer, freest)
  1. able to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint
  2. having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined
  3. (as noun): land of the free
  4. (often postpositive) and followed by from: not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc); exempt: a free market, free from pain
  5. (of a country, etc) autonomous or independent
  6. exempt from external direction or restriction; not forced or induced: free will
  7. not subject to conventional constraints: free verse
  8. (of jazz) totally improvised, with no preset melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic basis
  9. not exact or literal: a free translation
  10. costing nothing; provided without charge: free entertainment
  11. (of property) not subject to payment of rent or performance of services; freehold
  12. not subject to any burden or charge, such as a mortgage or lien; unencumbered
  13. (postpositive; often followed by of or with) ready or generous in using or giving; liberal; lavish: free with advice
  14. not occupied or in use; available: a free cubicle
  15. not occupied or busy; without previous engagements
  16. open or available to all; public
  17. without charge to the subscriber or user: freepost, freephone
  18. not fixed or joined; loose: the free end of a chain
  19. without obstruction or impediment: free passage
  20. chemically uncombined: free nitrogen
  21. denoting an occurrence of a variable not bound by a quantifier
    Compare bound1
  22. for freenot standard without charge or cost
  23. free and easycasual or tolerant; easy-going
  24. make free withto take liberties with; behave too familiarly towards
  1. in a free manner; freely
  2. without charge or cost
  3. with the wind blowing from the quarter
vb (frees, freeing, freed)(transitive)
  1. (sometimes followed by up) to set at liberty; release
  2. to remove obstructions, attachments, or impediments from; disengage
  3. often followed by of or from: to relieve or rid (of obstacles, pain, etc)
Etymology: Old English frēo; related to Old Saxon, Old High German frī, Gothic freis free, Sanskrit priya dear

ˈfreely adv ˈfreeness n

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