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English definition of “-free”

-free

suffix uk   /-friː/ us  

-free suffix (NO CHARGE)

used at the end of words to mean 'without having to pay': They agreed to let us live there rent-free. Many banks are now offering interest-free overdrafts to students.Costing or worth little or no money

-free suffix (WITHOUT)

used at the end of words to mean 'without': lead-free fuel No working environment is entirely stress-free. The journey was surprisingly hassle-free.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
(Definition of -free suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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