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ADJECTIVE:
fre·er, fre·est
  1. Not imprisoned or enslaved; being at liberty.
  2. Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: felt free to go.
    1. Having political independence: "America . . . is the freest and wealthiest nation in the world" (Rudolph W. Giuliani).
    2. Governed by consent and possessing or granting civil liberties: a free citizenry.
    3. Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government: a free press.
    1. Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance: a healthy animal, free of disease; free from need.
    2. Not subject to a given condition; exempt: income that is free of all taxes.
  3. Not subject to external restraint: "Comment is free but facts are sacred" (Charles Prestwich Scott).
  4. Not literal or exact: a free translation.
    1. Costing nothing; gratuitous: a free meal.
    2. Publicly supported: free education.
    1. Not occupied or used: a free locker.
    2. Not taken up by scheduled activities: free time between classes.
  5. Unobstructed; clear: a free lane.
  6. Unguarded in expression or manner; open; frank.
  7. Taking undue liberties; forward or overfamiliar.
  8. Liberal or lavish: tourists who are free with their money.
  9. Given, made, or done of one's own accord; voluntary or spontaneous: a free act of the will; free choices.
  10. Chemistry & Physics
    1. Unconstrained; unconfined: free expansion.
    2. Not fixed in position; capable of relatively unrestricted motion: a free electron.
    3. Not chemically bound in a molecule: free oxygen.
    4. Involving no collisions or interactions: a free path.
    5. Empty: a free space.
    6. Unoccupied: a free energy level.
  11. Nautical Favorable: a free wind.
  12. Not bound, fastened, or attached: the free end of a chain.
  13. Linguistics
    1. Being a form, especially a morpheme, that can stand as an independent word, such as boat or bring.
    2. Being a vowel in an open syllable, as the o in go.
ADVERB:
  1. In a free manner; without restraint.
  2. Without charge.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
freed, free·ing, frees
  1. To set at liberty; make free: freed the slaves; free the imagination.
  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.

IDIOM:
for free Informal
Without charge.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English fre, from Old English fro. V., from Middle English freen from Old English fron, to love, set free; see pr- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
freely(Adverb), freeness(Noun)


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