Meaning of “freedom” in the English Dictionary

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"freedom" in British English

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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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More examples

  • This party stands for low taxes and individual freedom.
  • He wants greater freedom to develop his own ideas.
  • During his speech, he laid particular stress on the freedom of the press.
  • "We are not terrorists, " he said evenly. "We are freedom fighters."
  • For most citizens, liberty means the freedom to practise their religious or political beliefs.

(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)