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  1. (superl.) Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.
  2. (adv.) Freely; willingly.
  3. (superl.) Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
  4. (superl.) Not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty.
  5. (superl.) Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.
  6. (a.) To make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to release; to disengage; to clear; -- followed by from, and sometimes by off; as, to free a captive or a slave; to be freed of these inconveniences.
  7. (superl.) Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; -- followed by from, or, rarely, by of.
  8. (a.) To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of.
  9. (superl.) Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; -- said of a government, institutions, etc.
  10. (superl.) Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse.
  11. (superl.) Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
  12. (superl.) Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will.
  13. (superl.) Exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one's own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one's own course of action; not dependent; at liberty.
  14. (superl.) Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; -- said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed; as, a free school.
  15. (superl.) Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells.
  16. (superl.) Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.
  17. (adv.) Without charge; as, children admitted free.
  18. (superl.) Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.
  19. (superl.) Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage.
  20. (superl.) Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money.
  21. (superl.) Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; -- followed by of.
  22. (superl.) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren.
  23. (superl.) Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.
  24. (a.) To frank.
Word: free
Pronunciation of free: 'frE
Function of free: adjective
Other forms of free: fre·er; fre·est
Origin of free: Middle English, from Old English frEo; akin to Old High German frI free, Welsh rhydd, Sanskrit priya own, dear
1 a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty <free citizens> c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another
2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself b : determined by the choice of the actor or performer <free actions> c : made, done, or given voluntarily or spontaneously
3 a : relieved from or lacking something unpleasant or burdensome <free from pain> <a speech free of political rhetoric> b : not bound, confined, or detained by force
4 a : having no trade restrictions b : not subject to government regulation c of foreign exchange : not subject to restriction or official control
5 a : having no obligations (as to work) or commitments <I'll be free this evening> b : not taken up with commitments or obligations <a free evening>
6 : having a scope not restricted by qualification <a free variable>
7 a (1) : not obstructed or impeded : CLEAR (2) : not being used or occupied <waved with his free hand> b : not hampered or restricted in its normal operation
8 a : not fastened <the free end of the rope> b : not confined to a particular position or place; also : not having a specific opponent to cover in football <a free safety> c : capable of moving or turning in any direction <a free particle> d : performed without apparatus <free tumbling> e : done with artificial aids (as pitons) used only for protection against falling and not for support <a free climb>
9 a : not parsimonious <free spending> b : OUTSPOKEN c : availing oneself of something without stint d : FRANK, OPEN e : overly familiar or forward in action or attitude f : LICENTIOUS
10 : not costing or charging anything
11 a (1) : not united with, attached to, combined with, or mixed with something else : SEPARATE <free ores> <a free surface of a bodily part> (2) : FREESTANDING <a free column> b : chemically uncombined <free oxygen> <free acids> c : not permanently attached but able to move about <a free electron in a metal> d : capable of being used alone as a meaningful linguistic form <the word hats is a free form> -- compare 5BOUND 7
12 a : not literal or exact <free translation> b : not restricted by or conforming to conventional forms <free skating>
13 : FAVORABLE -- used of a wind blowing from a direction more than six points from dead ahead
14 : not allowing slavery
15 : open to all comers
- free·ness /-n&s/ noun
- for free : without charge
synonyms FREE, INDEPENDENT, SOVEREIGN, AUTONOMOUS mean not subject to the rule or control of another. FREE stresses the complete absence of external rule and the full right to make all of one's own decisions <you're free to do as you like>. INDEPENDENT implies a standing alone; applied to a state it implies lack of connection with any other having power to interfere with its citizens, laws, or policies <the colony's struggle to become independent>. SOVEREIGN stresses the absence of a superior power and implies supremacy within a thing's own domain or sphere <separate and sovereign armed services>. AUTONOMOUS stresses independence in matters pertaining to self-government <in this denomination each congregation is regarded as autonomous>.

Synonyms of free

Absolve, Complimentary, Costless, Detached, Discharge, Disembarrass, Disengage, Dislodge, Exempt, Gratis, Gratuitous, Justify, Liberal, Liberate, Loose, Release, Relieve, Relinquish, Resign, Rid, Spare, Unfreeze, Unloose, Unloosen,

Antonyms of free

Apply, Blame, Block, Bound, Confine, Deposit, Detain, Enforce, Fault, Freeze, Immobilize, Impede, Implement, Jam, Lodge, Obstruct, Obturate, Occlude, Slave, Stick, Unfree, Wedge,