Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of the states in the Union in which slavery was illegal before the Civil War.
  • A province and historical region of east-central South Africa. European settlement of the area began early in the 1800s and accelerated with an influx of Boer farmers after 1835. Great Britain annexed the region in 1848 and granted it independence as the Orange Free State in 1854. In 1900, during the Boer War, Great Britain once again annexed the territory, this time as the Orange River Colony. The renamed Orange Free State formed an independent government in 1907 and became a founding province of South Africa in 1910, being renamed again to Free State in 1995.

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  • noun a province in central South Africa that was colonized by the Boers; named Free State in 1997
  • noun a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
  • noun any state prohibiting slavery prior to the American Civil War

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Examples

  • Although the Free State was a slave state, it remained in the Union throughout the Civil War.

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  • The Free State was the only province to show an increase - from

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  • The Free State will be the first province to scrap old taxis and to introduce new vehicles in terms of the Taxi Recapitalisation

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  • The Free State was the province with the best cataract surgery rate in 2003, winning a trophy from the national Department of

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  • So far the Free State is the only other province that has taken over SANTA services.

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  • The Free State was the only province that did not collect information on abandoned babies, she said.

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  • Our challenge is compounded by the fact that more than half of the unregistered children is in four of the poorest provinces, namely Free State, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern

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  • The Free State was the only province that did not collect information on abandoned babies, she said.

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  • The Free State will be the province where people of Asian descent will have the strongest population growth in the next five years

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  • The Free State will be the third province to embark on a week-long strike, which includes one 24-hour strike on Wednesday.

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