Definitions

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  • adj. Free; frank.
  • adj. Generous; noble; excellent; beautiful; lovely.
  • adv. In a free manner.
  • adv. Without interference or restriction.
  • adv. Of one's own free will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a free manner; without restraint or compulsion; abundantly; gratuitously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Free; frank; generous; noble; excellent.
  • In a free manner; under free conditions; with freedom; without hindrance, interference, or restraint: as, to move freely.
  • Without constraint, reserve, or hesitation; unreservedly; frankly; openly.
  • Without reluctance or niggardliness; willingly.
  • Liberally; unstintedly; plentifully.
  • Nobly; excellently; admirably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a free manner

Etymologies

From Middle English frely, freelich, from Old English frēolīc ("free, freeborn, glorious, stately, magnificent, noble, beautiful, charming"), equivalent to free +‎ -ly. Compare Middle Low German vrilik, vrigelik ("free"), Middle High German vrīlich ("free"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English frely, freliche, from Old English frēolīċe ("freely, readily, as a festival"), equivalent to free +‎ -ly. Compare Dutch vrijelijk ("freely"), German freilich ("certainly, of course"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Good economists use the term freely because it is exactly what they are trying to help non-economists do.

    The Gender Gap of Economics, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • I had begun to use the term freely, usually interchangeably with psyche (from Greek) and anima (from Latin).

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • The first time he sees his mother vomiting he describes it as "stuff falling out of her mouth like spit but much thicker", but next moment he's calling it vomit and using the word freely from then on.

  • He said “and all that kind of stuff” or “and all that kind of thing” when he meant “et cetera” a perfectly good translation from the Latin and he used the expression freely.

    I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen

  • "Epic" is a term freely applied to the old school of Germanic narrative poetry, which in different dialects is represented by the poems of Hildebrand, of Beowulf, of

    Epic and Romance Essays on Medieval Literature

  • "Begging" was a term freely employed; and a thousand newspapers were found willing -- nay, anxious -- to insinuate or to state boldly that the money was badly needed to enable the composer to live on a sumptuous scale.

    Richard Wagner Composer of Operas

  • Openings "-- we translate this term freely, that used by Peter meaning rather" the open woods of the prairies "--" and I wish to show my prisoners to the chiefs, that they may see how easy it is to cut off all the Yankees.

    Oak Openings

  • Regardless of the incidence of outright disability, a lot of violent crime simply isn’t terribly amenable to aging bodies - the kind of athleticism a 20-year-old can engage in freely is a lot harder when you hit your 40s.

    Why Aren’t There More Old Criminals? - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The other man bled freely from a hideous scalp wound.

    THE PEARLS OF PARLAY

  • It might prevent terrorist acts, if they are found and their passport flagged before they walk away freely from the airport.

    Joe Should Go

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