American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not imprisoned or enslaved; being at liberty.
- adj. Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: felt free to go.
- adj. Having political independence: "America . . . is the freest and wealthiest nation in the world” ( Rudolph W. Giuliani).
- adj. Governed by consent and possessing or granting civil liberties: a free citizenry.
- adj. Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government: a free press.
- adj. Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance: a healthy animal, free of disease; free from need.
- adj. Not subject to a given condition; exempt: income that is free of all taxes.
- adj. Not subject to external restraint: "Comment is free but facts are sacred” ( Charles Prestwich Scott).
- adj. Not literal or exact: a free translation.
- adj. Costing nothing; gratuitous: a free meal.
- adj. Publicly supported: free education.
- adj. Not occupied or used: a free locker.
- adj. Not taken up by scheduled activities: free time between classes.
- adj. Unobstructed; clear: a free lane.
- adj. Unguarded in expression or manner; open; frank.
- adj. Taking undue liberties; forward or overfamiliar.
- adj. Liberal or lavish: tourists who are free with their money.
- adj. Given, made, or done of one's own accord; voluntary or spontaneous: a free act of the will; free choices.
- adj. Chemistry & Physics Unconstrained; unconfined: free expansion.
- adj. Chemistry & Physics Not fixed in position; capable of relatively unrestricted motion: a free electron.
- adj. Chemistry & Physics Not chemically bound in a molecule: free oxygen.
- adj. Chemistry & Physics Involving no collisions or interactions: a free path.
- adj. Chemistry & Physics Empty: a free space.
- adj. Chemistry & Physics Unoccupied: a free energy level.
- adj. Nautical Favorable: a free wind.
- adj. Not bound, fastened, or attached: the free end of a chain.
- adj. Linguistics Being a form, especially a morpheme, that can stand as an independent word, such as boat or bring.
- adj. Linguistics Being a vowel in an open syllable, as the o in go.
- adv. In a free manner; without restraint.
- adv. Without charge.
- v. To set at liberty; make free: freed the slaves; free the imagination.
- v. To relieve of a burden, obligation, or restraint: a people who were at last freed from fear.
- v. To remove obstructions or entanglements from; clear: free a path through the jungle.
- idiom. for free Informal Without charge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not subjected to physical or moral restriction or control, either absolutely or in one or more particulars; able to act without external controlling interference; being at liberty: said of persons and of their acts or functions: as, free thought; a free conscience; free will or choice; the prisoner was set free; he was free to go or to stay.
- Unrestrained in movement; not constrained, as by fastenings, to remain in a certain position or to move in a certain direction: as, to get one's arm free; the free motion of a particle in space. See def. 17.
- Specifically, not subject to arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic governmental control, but existing under a government and laws based on the consent, expressed or implied, of the majority of the governed; having civil liberty: as, a free state or people; a free church.
- Based on the principles of civil liberty; not arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic: as, a free constitution or government.
- Characterized by liberty of action or expression; unreserved, open, frank, ingenuous, etc.: often with the implication of undue liberty.
- Loose; at liberty; wild: often used in old English poetry, mainly for alliteration, without special significance.
- Unrestrained by decency; bold; indecent.
- Clear of obstruction or impediment; not hindered or restricted; unobstructed: as, free motion; the water has a free passage or channel; a free field of action.
- Clear or exempt (from something); having immunity: with from, or sometimes of: as, free from disease, or from faults; a grove free from underbrush.
- Open for use or enjoyment; generally accessible or available; not appropriated; unrestricted: as, air and water are free; the ocean is a free highway for all nations; a free library.
- Specifically, not encumbered with taxes or customs-duties.
- Gratuitous; without compensation or reward; clear of equivalent or reciprocation: as, free schools or education; a free table; a free gift or service.
- Liberal; not parsimonious or sparing; giving or using, or disposed to give or use, generously or abundantly: as, he is very free with his money; a free patron of art.
- Invested with the rights or immunities (of); having a right to the freedom, enjoyment, or use (of): with of: as, a man free of the city of London.
- Ready; eager; not dull; acting without compulsion.
- Not holding strictly to rule or form or to an original: as, a free drawing; a free translation; a free fugue.
- Not attached or fixed; moving freely, or able to do so; detached from some support: as, the free larval form of animal afterward becoming fixed.
- In chem., not chemically combined with any other body; at liberty to escape: as, free carbonic-acid gas.
- In botany, not adnate to other organs: as, a free ovary (that is, one not united with the calyx); a free placenta (one detached from the walls of the ovary). It is sometimes used in the sense of distinct, or not adnate to adjacent organs of the same kind.
- In entomology, unrestrained in articulate movement; movable at the point of contact.
- Said of those parts of a limb which are beyond the common integument of the body.
- To use liberties with; use, or make use of, with undue freedom.
- n. A person of free or noble birth; often, in early poetry, a lady.
- In a free manner, in any sense of the adjective; freely; with freedom or liberty.
- To make free; release from restraint or constraint; specifically, to release from bondage or from imprisonment: as, to free prisoners or slaves.
- To rid, as from something obstructive or restrictive; clear; disentangle; disengage: with from or of: as, to free a man from debt, or the feet from fetters; to free the lungs of morbid matter; to free a ship from water by pumping it out.
- To remove.
- To clear from blame or stain; absolve from some charge; gain pardon for.
- To indorse and send free by mail; frank.
- To make free; take liberties: followed by with.
- In horticulture, abundantly blooming or fruiting; also, of profuse and rapid growth.
- adj. Not imprisoned or enslaved.
- adj. Obtainable without any payment.
- adj. by extension Obtainable without additional payment, as a bonus given when paying for something else.
- adj. Unconstrained.
- adj. mathematics Unconstrained by relators.
- adj. mathematics, logic Unconstrained by quantifiers.
- adj. Unobstructed, without blockages.
- adj. Not in use
- adj. Without obligations.
- adj. software With very few limitation on distribution or improvement.
- adj. Without; not containing (what is specified).
- adj. programming Of identifiers, not bound.
- adj. botany, mycology Not attached; loose.
- adj. That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme.
- adj. software Intended for release, as opposed to a checked version.
- adv. Without needing to pay.
- v. transitive To make free; set at liberty; release; rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, or oppresses.
- n. Australian rules football, Gaelic football Abbreviation of free kick.
- n. free transfer
- n. The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. 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.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.
- adj. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.
- adj. Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will.
- adj. Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.
- adj. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.
- adj. Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
- adj. Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish.
- adj. Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; ; -- followed by
from, or, rarely, by of.
- adj. Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
- adj. Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited.
- adj. Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; -- followed by
- adj. 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.
- adj. Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous.
- adj. 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.
- adj. (O. Eng. Law) Certain or honorable; the opposite of
- adj. (Law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of
- adj. Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape
- adv. obsolete Freely; willingly.
- adv. Without charge.
- v. 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
- v. To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of.
- v. obsolete To frank.
- v. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
- adj. not literal
- adj. not occupied or in use
- v. remove or force out from a position
- v. part with a possession or right
- adj. not held in servitude
- v. let off the hook
- v. relieve from
- v. free from obligations or duties
- adj. able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
- adj. unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion
- v. make (information) available for publication
- v. make (assets) available
- adj. not fixed in position
- v. free or remove obstruction from
- n. people who are free
- adv. without restraint
- adj. costing nothing
- adj. completely wanting or lacking
- v. release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
- v. grant freedom to; free from confinement
- adj. not taken up by scheduled activities
- From Middle English fre, from Old English frēo, Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *prei- (“to be fond of”), *prey-. Compare West Frisian frij, Dutch vrij, German frei, Danish fri. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fre, from Old English frēo. V., from Middle English freen, from Old English frēon, to love, set free. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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