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  1. without payment of rent: We lived rent-free for six months.
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  1. not subject to rent: a rent-free apartment.
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Origin of rent-free

First recorded in 1625–35;rent1 + -free
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Examples from the Web for rent-free

Historical Examples of rent-free

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rent-free


adjective, adverb
  1. without payment of rent
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