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Idioms about free

Origin of free

First recorded before 900; Middle English fre, Old English frēo; cognate with Gothic freis, Old High German frī (German frei ), Dutch vrij, Sanskrit priyá- “dear.” Cf. friend, Friday

synonym study for free

39. See release.

OTHER WORDS FROM free

Other definitions for free (2 of 2)

-free

a combining form with the general sense “free of or from something specified,” and typically meaning “not having, containing, subject to, or affected by something unwanted, burdensome, etc.”: error-free;gluten-free;tax-free;germfree.
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WORDS THAT USE -FREE

What does -free mean?

The combining formfree is used like a suffix meaning “free of or from something specified.” It is often separated from the initial element with a hyphen, as in gluten-free.

The form –free is native to English.

Examples of -free

An example of a word you may have encountered that features –free is germfree, “free of germs; sterile.”

As we have seen, the combining form –free means “free of or from something specified.” Here, the “something specified” in the germ– part of the word is germs. Germfree literally means “free of germs.”

What are some words that use the combining form –free?

What are some other forms that –free may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The word duty has a variety of meanings, including “a tax imposed by law on the import or export of goods.” With this in mind, what does duty-free mean?

How to use free in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for free (1 of 2)

Derived forms of free

freer, nounfreely, adverbfreeness, noun

Word Origin for free

Old English frēo; related to Old Saxon, Old High German frī, Gothic freis free, Sanskrit priya dear

British Dictionary definitions for free (2 of 2)

-free

adj combining form
free fromtrouble-free; lead-free petrol
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