adjective, fre·er, fre·est.
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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for freed
Contemporary Examples of 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’
December 28, 2014
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
December 20, 2014
Gross and an unnamed American intelligence agent were freed Wednesday in exchange for three Cuban spies.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
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
December 12, 2014
Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq say they have freed about 100 Yazidi women.ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of freed
The more we perceive of power the more we are freed from fear.
The more we are freed from fear the more exultantly we feel our abundance of life.
Howe freed himself and stood erect, with one arm hanging at his side.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I have conquered myself, and my nature is freed from the evil tendencies it had.The Dream
Evadna freed herself as unobtrusively as possible, and looked at him with wide eyes.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
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)
Word Origin for free
Old English freo "free, exempt from, not in bondage," also "noble; joyful," from Proto-Germanic *frijaz (cf. Old Frisian fri, Old Saxon and Old High German vri, German frei, Dutch vrij, Gothic freis "free"), from PIE *prijos "dear, beloved," from root *pri- "to love" (cf. Sanskrit priyah "own, dear, beloved," priyate "loves;" Old Church Slavonic prijati "to help," prijatelji "friend;" Welsh rhydd "free").
The primary sense seems to have been "beloved, friend, to love;" which in some languages (notably Germanic and Celtic) developed also a sense of "free," perhaps from the terms "beloved" or "friend" being applied to the free members of one's clan (as opposed to slaves, cf. Latin liberi, meaning both "free" and "children").
Cf. Gothic frijon "to love;" Old English freod "affection, friendship," friga "love," friðu "peace;" Old Norse friðr, German Friede "peace;" Old English freo "wife;" Old Norse Frigg "wife of Odin," literally "beloved" or "loving;" Middle Low German vrien "to take to wife, Dutch vrijen, German freien "to woo."
Of nations, "not subject to foreign rule or to despotism," it is recorded from late 14c. (Free world "non-communist nations" attested from 1950.) Sense of "given without cost" is 1580s, from notion of "free of cost." Free lunch, originally offered in bars to draw in business, by 1850, American English. Free pass on railways, etc., attested by 1850. Free speech in Britain used of a privilege in Parliament since the time of Henry VIII. In U.S., as a civil right, it became a prominent phrase in the debates over the Gag Rule (1836).
Free enterprise recorded from 1890; free trade is from 1823. Free will is from early 13c. Free association in psychology is from 1899. Free love "sexual liberation" attested from 1822. Free range (adj.) is attested by 1960. Free and easy "unrestrained" is from 1690s.
Old English freogan "to free, liberate, manumit," also "to love, think of lovingly, honor," from freo (see free (adj.)). Cf. Old Frisian fria "to make free;" Old Saxon friohan "to court, woo;" German befreien "to free," freien "to woo;" Old Norse frja "to love;" Gothic frijon "to love." Related: Freed; freeing.
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)