from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Not imprisoned or confined.
- adjective Not controlled by obligation or the will of another.
- adjective Not controlled by another country or political power; independent.
- adjective Governed by consent and possessing or granting civil liberties.
- adjective Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government.
- adjective Not enslaved.
- adjective Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance.
- adjective Not subject to a given condition; exempt.
- adjective Not bound by convention or the rules of form.
- adjective Not literal or exact.
- adjective Costing nothing; gratuitous.
- adjective Publicly supported.
- adjective Unobstructed; clear.
- adjective Not occupied or used.
- adjective Not taken up by scheduled activities.
- adjective Immoderate in giving or spending; liberal or lavish.
- adjective Frank or unguarded in expression or manner; open or outspoken.
- adjective Given, made, or done of one's own accord; voluntary or spontaneous.
- adjective Unconstrained; unconfined.
- adjective Not fixed in position; capable of relatively unrestricted motion.
- adjective Not chemically bound in a molecule.
- adjective Involving no collisions or interactions.
- adjective Empty or unoccupied.
- adjective Nautical Favorable.
- adjective Not bound, fastened, or attached.
- adjective Being a form, especially a morpheme, that can stand as an independent word, such as boat or bring.
- adjective Being a vowel in an open syllable, as the o in go.
- adverb In a free manner; without restraint.
- adverb Without charge.
- transitive verb To make free, as from confinement or oppression.
- transitive verb To relieve of a burden, obligation, or restraint.
- transitive verb To remove obstructions or entanglements from; clear.
- transitive verb To make available.
- noun Freestyle.
- idiom (for free) Without charge.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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_Enter_ Ravensburg, _hastily, in the dress of a free knight, with a paper in his hand, followed by two free_ knights.
It was not a free life and it could not be a true life, for they all believed in the motto, "The _truth_ shall make you _free_," and instead of freedom, the "Communities" used mental constraint and tyranny to hold themselves together.
The three months have expired, and I am once more a free American citizen, and for the first time in my life I know what it is to be _free_.
Since that day, many have been the demonstrations of grateful joy and gladness on the glorious anniversary of the emancipation of slaves on the West India Islands; and yet, in this boasted "land of the free, and home of the brave;" this famous and declared _free_ Republic, -- the
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And they may take it as they please -- my soul is free -- _free_ once again!