adj. fre•er, fre•est,
1) gov enjoying personal rights or liberty, as one who is not in slavery or confinement
2) gov pertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty:
living on free soil[/ex]
3) gov existing under, characterized by, or possessing civil and political liberties:
the free nations of the world[/ex]
4) gov enjoying political independence, as a people or country not under foreign rule
5) exempt from external authority, interference, or restriction; independent:
free choice[/ex]
6) able to do something at will:
free to act[/ex]
7) clear of obstructions or obstacles:
The highway is now free of fallen rock[/ex]
8) without engagements or obligations:
free time[/ex]
9) not occupied or in use:
The room is free now[/ex]
10) exempt or released; unburdened:
free from worry; free of taxes[/ex]
11) provided without a charge:
free parking[/ex]
12) not impeded:
free movement[/ex]
13) loose; unattached:
to get one's arm free[/ex]
14) lacking self-restraint; loose; licentious
15) ready or generous in giving:
free with one's advice[/ex]
16) lavish; unstinted:
free spending[/ex]
17) frank and open; unconstrained
18) unrestrained by decency:
free behavior[/ex]
19) not subject to special regulations, restrictions, duties, etc.:
free passage[/ex]
20) of, pertaining to, or characterized by free enterprise:
a free economy[/ex]
21) open to all:
a free port[/ex]
22) not literal; loose:
a free translation[/ex]
23) not subject to rules or set forms:
free improvisation[/ex]
24) chem. uncombined chemically:
free oxygen[/ex]
25) traveling under no force except gravity or inertia:
free flight[/ex]
26) phn (of a vowel) situated in an open syllable
(opposed to checked)
27) easily worked, as stone or land
28) pho (of a variable in logic) not occurring within the scope of a quantifier
Compare bound I, 11)
29) naut. navig. (of a wind) blowing favorably nearly on the quarter
30) cvb not containing something specified (often used in combination):
a sugar-free candy; a smoke-free environment[/ex]
31) ling. (of a linguistic form) capable of being used by itself as an independent word without combination with other forms: Fire and run are free forms
Compare bound I, 10)
32) in a free manner; freely
33) naut. navig. away from the wind:
a sailboat running free[/ex]
34) to set at liberty; release from bondage, imprisonment, or restraint
35) to exempt or deliver (usu. fol. by from)
36) to relieve or rid (usu. fol. by of):
to free oneself of responsibility[/ex]
37) to disengage; clear (usu. fol. by from or of)
38) phv free up
a) to release, as from restrictions
b) to disentangle
Etymology: bef. 900; ME fre, OE frēo; c. OFris, OOHG frī free′ly, adv. free′ness, n. syn: See release

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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