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[rent-free] /ˈrɛntˈfri/
without payment of rent:
We lived rent-free for six months.
not subject to rent:
a rent-free apartment.
Origin of rent-free
First recorded in 1625-35;rent1 + -free Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Through your kindness I got the rent-free land all covered with ripe paddy.

    Folk-Tales of Bengal Lal Behari Day
  • I have thirty of my own, and this cottage we have rent-free for attending to the gate.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • I think of setting up a claim to live in The House at Stratford, rent-free, on the strength of this suggestion.

  • The 'resumption of rent-free lands' simply means the subjection of those lands to the payment of 'land revenue'.

  • These houses it is almost impossible to let; you can scarcely get a decent family to occupy them rent-free.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • A great many labourers have small holdings; but as these are not rent-free they do not count directly as an element in wages.

  • It was soon known that he lived in it rent-free, having undertaken the post of agent to Captain Falkner.

    Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It was a story of a house where nobody could stay, though the landlord offered it rent-free.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Besides this, a stable rent-free for our mules, and a loft above it rent-free for ourselves to sleep in was a great accommodation.

  • He offered his large stone building just outside the capital limits, rent-free, and it was gladly accepted.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for rent-free


adjective, adverb
without payment of rent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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