Governmentenjoying personal rights or liberty:free from bondage.
Governmentexisting under, characterized by, or having civil and political liberties:the free nations of the world.
exempt from outside authority, interference, or restriction; independent:You have a free choice.
able to do something at will or as one wishes:[be + ~ + to + verb]They were free to go at any time.
clear of obstructions or obstacles; not blocked:a free flow of water.
without engagements or obligations:have free time after class.
not occupied or in use:The room is free now.
exempt or released; unburdened:She seems so free from worry.
provided without a charge:free parking.
loose; unattached:Tie the free end of the rope to the dock.
lacking self-restraint; loose:He was a little too free and easy toward women.
ready or generous in giving; not holding back:free spending.
not literal; not exact; loose:a free translation of the speech.
in a free manner; freely.
loose; no longer restrained or held back:The button came free and fell off.
to set at liberty:[~ + object]The enemy freed the hostages.
to exempt or deliver:[~ + object + from + object]hoped his new invention would free his people from hunger.
to relieve or rid :[~ + object + of + object]to free oneself of responsibility.
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.
[ ~ + 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.
Idiomsfor free, without charge:They mended my jacket for free.
free and clear, without any debt or restriction:paid off the mortgage free and clear.
Idiomsset free, to release; liberate: [set + object + ~]set the hostages free.[set + ~ + object]to set free the hostages.
Idiomswith 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 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).