[ free-lohd, -lohd ]
/ ˈfriˈloʊd, -ˌloʊd /
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verb (used without object) Informal.
to take advantage of others for free food, entertainment, etc.
verb (used with object)
to get by freeloading: He freeloaded several meals a week.
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OTHER WORDS FROM freeloadfreeloader, noun
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How to use freeload in a sentence
If an inspector gets on, he blocks the doors of the bus and anyone freeloading is fined.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures|Tim Parks|June 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The last man standing is also the only major U.S. automaker to choose free markets over freeloading.3 Things Ford Can Teach the Rest of Detroit|John Avlon|June 3, 2009|DAILY BEAST
They can do it because they can, but there's nothing cool about it for a single mom already freeloading on disability.Mother of All Disasters|Tina Brown|February 12, 2009|DAILY BEAST
I plan on spending the pre-Christmas season freeloading off French friends, eating their foie gras, and drinking their champagne.Only the French Would Be Smug About the Recession|Janine di Giovanni|December 11, 2008|DAILY BEAST
Let's say you don't think of scrounging off food stores or working out a way of freeloading or hitting soup lines.The Old Die Rich|Horace Leonard Gold
British Dictionary definitions for freeload
/ (ˈfriːˌləʊd) /
(intr) slang to act as a freeloader; sponge
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