adjective, fre·er [free-er], /ˈfri ər/, fre·est [free-ist]. /ˈfri ɪst/.
verb (used with object), freed, free·ing.
- to release, as from restrictions: Congress voted to free up funds for the new highway system.
- to disentangle: It took an hour to free up the traffic jam.
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Idioms for free
- unrestrained; casual; informal.
- excessively or inappropriately casual; presumptuous.
- to use as one's own; help oneself to: If you make free with their liquor, you won't be invited again.
- to treat with too much familiarity; take liberties with.
Origin of free
synonym study for free
OTHER WORDS FROM free
Definition for free (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for free
In what might be considered a twist, that story wrapped up before the finale, leaving Sam and Dean free at last to live happily ever after.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
Apple and Google developed the underlying technology free, but many states still have struggled to make their own apps.A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.|Geoffrey Fowler|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Without Thompson, the Warriors find themselves at a crossroads with free agency opening Friday.Klay Thompson was almost back after an ACL tear. Now he’s out again with an Achilles tear.|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The 28-year-old guard will be a free agent next summer, and his name has been tossed into various trade scenarios before the start of the 2020-21 season.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
If you’re still holding out for something to feel normal in 2020, here comes the NBA free agency period.The NBA offseason is a wild ride in normal times. This year? Buckle up.|Jerry Brewer|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
She says she will have to fight in “other ways” to get her client freed.
It was his business acumen, his own unflagging zeal for the creative business solution, that had freed Sam to do this.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’|Peter Guralnick|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kurdish forces declared victory and freed Yazidi holdouts, with help from U.S. air power.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gross and an unnamed American intelligence agent were freed Wednesday in exchange for three Cuban spies.
He cites an interview that a freed POW, Air Force Lt. Col. William Harrison, gave to The New York Times in 1953.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She must be freed through the progress of Liberal ideas in France and Germany—not by her own inherent energies.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Freed from his presence, Black Sheep resolved that he should no longer be deprived of his allowance of pleasure-reading.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
I have seen examples of such being freed, that is, turned out of doors to starve.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
Jefferson proposed that the Negroes be freed and then sent out of the United States.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
If the hyposulphite of soda is entirely freed from them, they will bear any exposure to atmospheric influence without change.
British Dictionary definitions for free (1 of 2)
adjective freer or freest
- having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined
- (as noun)land of the free
- not subject to payment of rent or performance of services; freehold
- not subject to any burden or charge, such as a mortgage or lien; unencumbered
verb frees, freeing or freed (tr)
Derived forms of freefreer, nounfreely, adverbfreeness, noun
Word Origin for free
British Dictionary definitions for free (2 of 2)
adj combining form
Idioms and Phrases with free
In addition to the idioms beginning with free
- free agent
- free and clear
- free and easy
- free as a bird
- free enterprise
- free fall
- free hand
- free lunch
- free rein
- breathe easy (freely)
- feel free
- footloose and fancy-free
- for free
- get off (scot-free)
- home free
- make free with
- of one's own accord (free will)