noun people who are free
- the home of the free and the brave
verb grant freedom to; free from confinement
unloosen; unloose; loose; release; liberate.
verb relieve from
verb remove or force out from a position
- The dentist dislodged the piece of food that had been stuck under my gums
- He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble
verb grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
- She exempted me from the exam
verb make (information) available for publication
- release the list with the names of the prisoners
verb free from obligations or duties
verb free or remove obstruction from
- free a path across the cluttered floor
verb let off the hook
- I absolve you from this responsibility
verb part with a possession or right
release; relinquish; give up; resign.
- I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
- resign a claim to the throne
verb release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
verb make (assets) available
release; unblock; unfreeze.
- release the holdings in the dictator's bank account
adjective able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
- free enterprise
- a free port
- a free country
- I have an hour free
- free will
- free of racism
- feel free to stay as long as you wish
- a free choice
adjective unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion
- free expansion
- free oxygen
- a free electron
adjective satellite costing nothing
costless; complimentary; gratis; gratuitous.
- complimentary tickets
- free admission
adjective satellite not occupied or in use
- a free locker
- a free lane
adjective satellite not fixed in position
- the detached shutter fell on him
- he pulled his arm free and ran
adjective not held in servitude
- after the Civil War he was a free man
adjective satellite not taken up by scheduled activities
- a free hour between classes
- spare time on my hands
adjective satellite completely wanting or lacking
barren; devoid; destitute; innocent.
- writing barren of insight
- young recruits destitute of experience
- innocent of literary merit
- the sentence was devoid of meaning
adjective satellite not literal
- a loose interpretation of what she had been told
- a free translation of the poem
adverb without restraint
- cows in India are running loose
, AS. freó
; akin to D. vrij
, OS. & OHG. fri
, G. frei
, Icel. fri
, Sw. & Dan. fri
, Goth. freis
, and also to Skr. prija
beloved, dear, fr. pri
to love, Goth. frijn
. Cf. Affray
comparative Freer ; superlative Freest
- Exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one's own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one's own course of action; not dependent; at liberty.
That which has the power, or not the power, to operate, is that alone which is or is not free.
- Not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty.
- Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.
- Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.
Set an unhappy prisoner free.
- Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will.
Not free, what proof could they have given sincere
Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love.
- Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.
My hands are guilty, but my heart is free.
- Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.
He was free only with a few.
- Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
The critics have been very free in their censures.
A man may live a free life as to wine or women.
- Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money.
- Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; -- followed by from, or, rarely, by of.
Princes declaring themselves free from the obligations of their treaties.
- Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
- Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse.
- Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; -- followed by of.
He therefore makes all birds, of every sect,
Free of his farm.
- Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; -- said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed; as, a free school.
Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free
For me as for you?
- Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.
- Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; -- said of a government, institutions, etc.
- (O. Eng. Law) Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage.
- (Law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren.
- Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells.
- Freely; willingly. Obs.
I as free forgive you
As I would be forgiven.
- Without charge; as, children admitted free.
Free transitive verb
, AS. freógan
. See Free
imperfect & past participle Freed ; present participle & verbal noun Freeing
- To make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to release; to disengage; to clear; -- followed by from, and sometimes by off; as, to free a captive or a slave; to be freed of these inconveniences.
Our land is from the rage of tigers freed.
Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke.
- To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of.
This master key
Frees every lock, and leads us to his person.
- To frank. Obs.
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