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Meaning of free by Wiktionary Dictionary

free


    Etymology

    Middle English fre, from Old English frēo .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /fɹiː/, X-SAMPA: /fri:/
    • Rhymes: -iː
    A "buy one get one free" sign at a flower stand ( obtainable without additional payment ).
    This food product is labelled "fat free", meaning it contains no fat.

    Adjective

    free ( comparative freer, superlative freest )

    1. Not imprisoned or enslaved .
      a free man
    2. Obtainable without any payment .
      The government provides free health care .
    3. ( by extension, chiefly advertising slang ) Obtainable without additional payment, as a bonus given when paying for something else .
      Buy a TV to get a free DVD player!
    4. Unconstrained .
      He was given free rein to do whatever he wanted
    5. ( mathematics ) Unconstrained by relators .
      The free group on three generators
    6. ( mathematics, logic ) Unconstrained by quantifiers .
      z is the free variable in "\forall x\exists y:xy=z" .
    7. Unobstructed, without blockages .
      The drain was free .
    8. Not in use
      Go sit on this chair, it's free .
    9. Without obligations .
      free time
    10. ( software ) With very few limitations on distribution or improvement .
      OpenOffice is free software .
    11. Without; not containing ( what is specified ) .
      We had a wholesome, filling meal, free of meat
    12. ( programming ) Of identifiers, not bound .
    13. ( botany, mycology ) Not attached; loose .
      In this group of mushrooms, the gills are free .
    14. ( of a morpheme ) That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme .
    15. ( software ) Intended for release, as opposed to a checked version .

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    Adverb

    free ( comparative more free, superlative most free )

    1. Without needing to pay .
      I got this bike free .

    Synonyms

    Verb

    free ( third-person singular simple present frees present participle freeing, simple past and past participle freed )

    1. ( transitive ) To make free; set at liberty; release; rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, or oppresses .

    Noun

    free ( plural: frees )

    1. ( 豪州用法 rules football, Gaelic football ) Abbreviation of free kick.
    2. free transfer
    3. ( hurling ) The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed .

    Usage notes

    • Rank among most common English words: #351 ( Gutenburg )

    Anagrams


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    Suffix

    -free

    1. free from; without


Explanation of free by Wordnet Dictionary

free


    Verb
    1. make ( assets ) available

    2. let off the hook

    3. free or remove obstruction from

    4. free a path across the cluttered floor
    5. remove or force out from a position

    6. He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble
    7. release ( gas or energy ) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition

    8. part with a possession or right

    9. relieve from

    10. grant freedom to

    11. free from obligations or duties

    12. make ( information ) available for publication

    13. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

    Adverb
    1. without restraint

    Adjective
    1. not literal

    2. a free translation of the poem
    3. completely wanting or lacking

    4. unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion

    5. free expansion
      free oxygen
      a free electron
    6. not fixed in position

    7. he pulled his arm free and ran
    8. able to act at will

    9. 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
    10. not held in servitude

    11. after the Civil War he was a free man
    12. not occupied or in use

    13. a free locker
      a free lane
    14. not taken up by scheduled activities

    15. a free hour between classes
    16. costing nothing

    17. free admission
    Noun
    1. people who are free

    2. the home of the free and the brave


    Definition of free by GCIDE Dictionary

    free


    1. Free ( frē ), a. [Compar. Freer ( -ẽr ); superl. Freest ( -ĕst ).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. freó, frī; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. frī, G. frei, Icel. frī, Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr. prī to love, Goth. frijōn. Cf. Affray, Belfry, Friday, Friend, Frith inclosure.]
      1. 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. Locke.

      2. 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.

      3. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.

      4. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.

      Set an unhappy prisoner free. Prior.

      5. 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. Milton.

      6. Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.

      My hands are guilty, but my heart is free. Dryden.

      7. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.

      He was free only with a few. Milward.

      8. Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.

      The critics have been very free in their censures. Felton.

      A man may live a free life as to wine or women. Shelley.

      9. Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, “free with his money”.

      10. 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. Bp. Burnet.

      11. Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.

      12. Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, “a free horse”.

      13. 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. Dryden.

      14. 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? Shak.

      15. Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, “free admission; a free gift.”

      16. 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.

      17. ( O. Eng. Law ) Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, “free service; free socage.” Burrill.

      18. ( Law ) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, “a free fishery; a free warren.” Burrill.

      19. Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, “free carbonic acid gas; free cells.”

      Free agency, the capacity or power of choosing or acting freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will. -- Free bench ( Eng. Law ), a widow's right in the copyhold lands of her husband, corresponding to dower in freeholds. -- Free board ( Naut. ), a vessel's side between water line and gunwale. -- Free bond ( Chem. ), an unsaturated or unemployed unit, or bond, of affinity or valence, of an atom or radical. -- Free-borough men ( O.Eng. Law ). See Friborg. -- Free chapel ( Eccles. ), a chapel not subject to the jurisdiction of the ordinary, having been founded by the king or by a subject specially authorized. [Eng.] Bouvier. -- Free charge ( Elec. ), a charge of electricity in the free or statical condition; free electricity. -- Free church. A church whose sittings are for all and without charge. An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the government in spiritual matters. -- Free city, or Free town, a city or town independent in its government and
      franchises, as formerly those of the Hanseatic league. -- Free cost, freedom from charges or expenses. South. -- Free and easy, unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities. [Colloq.] “Sal and her free and easy ways.” W. Black. -- Free goods, goods admitted into a country free of duty. -- Free labor, the labor of freemen, as distinguished from that of slaves. -- Free port. ( Com. ) A port where goods may be received and shipped free of custom duty. A port where goods of Free ( frē ), a. [Compar. Freer ( -ẽr ); superl. Freest ( -ĕst ).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. freó, frī; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. frī, G. frei, Icel. frī, Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr. prī to love, Goth. frijōn. Cf. Affray, Belfry, Friday, Friend, Frith inclosure.]
      1. 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. Locke.

      2. 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.

      3. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.

      4. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.

      Set an unhappy prisoner free. Prior.

      5. Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will.
    2. Free adv.
      1. Freely; willingly. [Obs.]

      I as free forgive you

      As I would be forgiven. Shak.

      2. Without charge; as, “children admitted free”.

    3. Free, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Freeing.] [OE. freen, freoien, AS. freógan. See Free, a.]
      1. 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.” Clarendon.

      Our land is from the rage of tigers freed. Dryden.

      Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke. Milton.

      2. 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. Dryden.

      3. To frank. [Obs.] Johnson.