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freedomnoun

uk   /ˈfriː.dəm/ us   /ˈfriː.dəm/
B2 [C or U] the condition or right of being able or allowed to do, say, think, etc. whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited: I felt such a sense of freedom, up in the hills alone. Children are allowed much more freedom these days. [+ to infinitive] In college, you have the freedom to do what you want. Everyone should be allowed freedom of choice (= the ability to make their own choices). Freedom of speech and freedom of thought (= the ability to say and think whatever you want) were both denied under the dictatorship. They are campaigning for freedom of information (= for any information to be allowed to be given to anyone who wants it). We demand freedom from injustice/persecution (= the condition of not having to suffer these things).
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[C] a right to act in the way you think you should: Being able to vote as you want to is an important political/democratic freedom.
[U] the state of not being in prison: They regained their freedom after ten years of unjust imprisonment.
give sb the freedom of
UK to honour someone by giving them special rights in a particular city
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(Definition of freedom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freedom" in American English

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freedomnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈfri·dəm/
the condition or right of being able or allowed to do whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited: freedom of speech If children aren’t allowed some freedom, they won’t learn to be independent. [U] We were promised freedom from persecution.
Freedom is also the state of not being in prison or in the condition of slavery (= condition of being legally owned by someone else).
US history Freedoms are rights given by the constitution and the Bill of Rights, such as the freedom of speech (= the right to say and write what you believe or think, with some limitations) and freedom of religion (= the right to worship or to take part in a religion).
(Definition of freedom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “freedom”
in Arabic حُرِّيّة…
in Korean 자유…
in Portuguese liberdade…
in Catalan llibertat…
in Japanese 自由…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自由, 不受限制, 自主…
in Turkish özgürlük, bağımsızlık, hürriyet…
in Russian свобода, освобождение (из тюрьмы)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自由, 不受限制, 自主…
in Italian libertà…
in Polish wolność, swoboda…
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