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Definition of free:

  1. Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage.
  2. Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
  3. Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.
  4. 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.
  5. Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; - followed by from, or, rarely, by of.
  6. Freely; willingly.
  7. Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; - followed by of.
  8. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.
  9. 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.
  10. Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open- handed; lavish; as, free with his money.
  11. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.
  12. Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.
  13. Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; - said of the will.
  14. 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.
  15. Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells.
  16. Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren.
  17. Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse.
  18. 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.
  19. To frank.
  20. 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.
  21. To release from that with which anything is engaged, engrossed, involved, or entangled; to extricate; to detach; to set free; to liberate; to clear; as, to disengage one from a party, from broils and controversies, from an oath, promise, or occupation; to disengage the affections a favorite pursuit, the mind from study.
  22. To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of.
  23. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.
  24. Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; - used in a bad sense.
  25. Without charge; as, children admitted free.


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Usage examples:

  • " It isn't free to me.

    - "The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way", Horatio Alger.
  • Am I really free?

    - "Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden", G. A. Henty.
  • But when that's over, our free land is done.

    - "Lady Merton, Colonist", Mrs. Humphry Ward.